President Obama's Bold on 3D Printing is already taking shape in Reut's XLN Initiative Bold Vision for Israel
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President Obama's Bold on 3D Printing is already taking shape in Reut's XLN Initiative Bold Vision for Israel

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama presented a bold vision for America in the area of ‘3D Printing’, which professionals call ‘additive manufacturing’. We, at Reut, were thrilled to hear this vision, because it validates our bold vision for the State of Israel, known as the Cross-Lab
In his address, President Obama spoke about 3-D printing as having the potential to revolutionize the economy. He mentioned one innovation institute (priced at $30M) that already exists in a former warehouse in Ohio, and spoke about launching three additional centers soon, and ultimately a network of fifteen (see the full text below).

Well, Reut has been deploying a remarkably similar vision for the State of Israel. The XLN initiative (link to FB), is designed to place Israel at the leadership of this coming revolution of ‘self-manufacturing’. Reut has already established the first site (costing $20k to establish and $100k/year to run), in a basement under our building. We envision this modest beginning to become the cornerstone for a network of dozens of communal technological spaces (CTS) named ‘Cross-Labs’ of 3-D printers and other machines for self-manufacturing. With caution I would say, that the our vision is still a few steps ahead of the Ohio innovation center the President referenced, and is much cheaper.

Reut believes that for Israel to lead this coming revolution, we have to create broad technological literacy in this area, to groom leadership and to focus this revolution, and to do it in a way that is inclusive. The broader context of this Reut effort is naturally to sustain Israel’s edge in the area of innovation science and technology, which is essential for realizing the ISRAEL 15 Vision. Thus, Reut not only seeks to propel Israel to lead this revolution, but also works to ensure that this revolution is inclusive, i.e. driven by and profiting a broad section of the population. We are also determined that some of its energies are channeled toward addressing acute needs in society.

The XLN initiative and the first lab – under the leadership of Roy Keidar, Reut CEO, and Sefi Attias, CTO – are very active and vibrant. For example, they are working with technology high schools to improve education for technology; on this coming Tuesday, we are having an event for women, who would like to become ‘makers’, and we are now in a middle of a design competition of products for people with special needs.

Your help is needed. Reut would like to scale the XLN over the coming year to three additional locations, in order to prove our concept. Our future partners are there, ready to go, in Haifa, Ashdod and other locations. Thereafter, once we succeed, municipal, governmental and corporate budgets will be made available for taking the Cross-Lab Network vision to every significant community in Israel and for allowing Israel to be a leader in this coming technological revolution.

Shabbat Shalom!

The relevant part of Obama’s speech:

“…There are things we can do, right now, to accelerate this trend. Last year, we created our first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio. A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3-D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. There's no reason this can't happen in other towns.

So tonight, I'm announcing the launch of three more of these manufacturing hubs, where businesses will partner with the Departments of Defense and Energy to turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs.

And I ask this Congress to help create a network of 15 of these hubs and guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is made right here in America. We can get that done…”