We were living in Maryland just when interest in 3D printing was being fueled by technological breakthroughs and extensive media hype. A consortium of additive manufacturing advocates there preached its potential to accelerate business development if educators insured a ready and willing workforce. One locale heeding its message is Southern Maryland, home to the Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River. To promote interest in STEM, NAS Pax River volunteers will host an event this Saturday at the Technology and Arts Expo at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.
A featured attraction will be NAWCAD's FabLab:
The FabLab houses 3D printers, CNC mills and laser cutters and other prototyping equipment.
This region, nestled between the Potomac and Patuxent, is often better known for its access to the Chesapeake Bay than advanced technology - despite the expansive naval base. Hopefully these enthusiastic advocates will change that perception - almost makes me miss Maryland.