Chicago Sun Times: Pandemic shows the need for an American manufacturing revival that Chicago could lead

Published on July 22, 2020

A 3D printer by Azul 3D, founded by three Northwestern University researchers, can print production-grade, human-sized objects in just a few hours.

Chicago itself isn’t likely to see a major resurgence of manufacturing jobs. Costs, land availability, and other factors will continue to drive most industrial employment to the suburbs.

But the city has an indispensable role to play. If Midwestern manufacturing is to revive, it will need a tech innovation hub that attracts top global talent and provides a startup ecosystem that gives entrepreneurs the wherewithal to generate ideas, build teams, raise capital and get ventures running without massive upfront investment.

Chicago is the obvious candidate. 

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