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Digital Manufacturing Institute Awards First Innovation Research Contracts

Posted By Jeff Moad, October 19, 2015 at 4:54 PM, in Category: Factories of the Future

Twenty months after its founding, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) this week issues its first five national contract research awards, cumulatively valued at $7 million.

The DMDII, part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, said the contracts are intended to stimulate research in three key areas of manufacturing innovation: intelligent machining, advanced analysis, and development of the “advanced manufacturing enterprise.”

DMDII identified five prime contractors, each of which will lead one of the research contracts: Green Dynamics; STEP Tools, Inc.; Product Development & Analysis LLC; the Design Automation Lab of Arizona State University; and Oregon State University.

Each of those prime contractors has assembled a team of subprime contractors that include major U.S. manufacturers, small- and medium-sized businesses, software development companies, and academic institutions.

DMDII said the contracts are the first of “several” that will make up the organization’s strategic investment plan and technology roadmap.

DMDII, funded by a $70 million DoD grant and matching private funds, was launched in February of last year.

Written by Jeff Moad

Jeff Moad is Research Director and Executive Editor with the Manufacturing Leadership Community. He also directs the Manufacturing Leadership Awards Program. Follow our LinkedIn Groups: Manufacturing Leadership Council and Manufacturing Leadership Summit


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