Growing the 3D Workforce

Growing a workforce capable of designing, specifying, making and supporting 3D printed products is as essential as advancing the technology. We are working to accelerate the adoption of new 3D printing materials, technologies and products, something that is crucial to the success of our industry.

To help grow the number of skilled workers, we promote various webinars, seminars, and trainings related to additive manufacturing.

Our Current Workforce Initiatives

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Apprenticeship Works is a collaborative project between RCBI, America Makes, the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers, and Tooling U-SME.

The program assists manufacturers across the U.S. in establishing registered apprenticeships. Apprenticeship Works provides them with consulting services, access to online training and train-the-trainer services, as well as streamlined tracking and assessment tools. Each company customizes the RCBI model to fit its needs.

For more information about Apprenticeship Works, contact RCBI’s Lucinda Curry or America Makes’ Josh Cramer. 

Workforce and Education Roadmap

America Makes has developed the Additive Manufacturing Workforce and Education Roadmap to identify measurable and meaningful challenges that, when met,  promote inquiry, knowledge-sharing, and technical advancements across the industry.

To create this Roadmap, America Makes first held in-person workshops and activities where members engaged in a series of methodologies to generate and categorize education and training needs. Working in teams, they documented hundreds of need statements and identified affinities, which ultimately converged on a curated set of concepts.

The outcome resulted in America Makes successfully identifying those concepts that are most suitable for public-private partnership projects, versus those that are more ideal for industry.

The resulting America Makes Additive Manufacturing Workforce and Education Roadmap is broken down into the following five focus areas: