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Elise Hacking Carr is editor-in-chief/content director for Print+Promo magazine.

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The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed Davita Vance-Cooks as public printer. With more than 30 years of private sector and government experience, Vance-Cooks has served as the acting public printer since Jan. 3, 2012.

In last week's State of the Union address, Barack Obama asked Congress to support a $1 billion plan to support research into 3D printing in hopes that it will lead to a return in US manufacturing jobs. Obama cited work at the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), a project funded in part by $30 million from the Department of Defense, which claims to have used 3D printing to save the military more than $500 million since opening, creating titanium jet fighter parts and other industrial components at a lower price than traditional manufacturing.

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The exchange took place at a Silicon Valley dinner party, a 2011 gathering of top U.S. technology executives. Official White House photos of the event depict a cozy atmosphere: warm lighting, attendees mid-toast, glasses of white wine in hand, jackets draped over the backs of chairs.

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