DMC in the News

Engineering graduate student places second in DMC Hackathon
By Pamela Krewson Wertz
Jul. 29, 2016
Penn State News

Chicago Inno Approved: The Startup Events You Need to Know This Week
By Jim Dalke
Jul. 11, 2016

DMDII announces 6 research awards in digital manufacturing disciplines
Feb. 12, 2016
Control Design
Posted DMDII Press Release mentioning Digital Manufacturing Commons 

New DMDII Research Awards Include Cybersecurity Project
By Aaron Hand
Feb. 12, 2016
Automation World 

‘Digital thread’ to improve product performance
By Jim Montague
Dec. 14, 2015
Smart Industry

Locking Down the Factory Floor
By Patrick Waurzyniak
Dec. 1, 2015 

Is the Uber Model the Future of Manufacturing?
By Kagan Pittman
Nov. 13, 2015

U.S. Innovation Hubs: Inventing the Future
By Jenny Vickers
Oct. 16, 2015
Business Facilities 

Illuminating technology
By Eric Anderson
Jun. 13, 2015
Times Union 

Open-source “MMO for makers” aims to crowdsource manufacturing design
By Sean Gallagher
Jun. 7, 2015
Ars Technica 

The ones to watch in Chicago business, 2015
By Melissa Harris
Jan. 3, 2015
Chicago Tribune 

The Immense Ambition of Chicago’s Digital Manufacturing Hub
By Whet Moser
Mar. 3, 2014
Chicago Magazine

IU research and technology to support new $320 million Digital Lab for Manufacturing
Feb. 26, 2014
IUPUI Newsroom

Made in America!

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Manufacturing is at the cusp of an exponential rise in capabilities due to the convergence of the physical and digital worlds. The compounding growth rate in computing power, software complexity and pervasive networking will bring the new reality of “exponential thinking” to unprecedented combinations of hyper-connected minds and the industrial machines of production. Disciplines that have served as the foundation of manufacturing (such as material science, supply chain, systems integration, machine automation and data science ) will all experience a renaissance as the speed and availability of computing power, massive data sets, automated workflows and collaborative thinking reshape how the manufacturing operations are conceived, planned and executed.



The pervasive growth and reach of this Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) nervous system will enable the future designers, modelers, simulators and operators to take advantage of orders of magnitude more creativity and knowledge as the traditional barriers to participation become drastically lower. The advanced tools and knowledge of the trade will suddenly be made available to millions of students, technical professionals and small and medium sized enterprises. Crowdsourcing, collaboration and high performance computing technologies enabled by DMDII will democratize the entire manufacturing process and give American manufacturers both the differentiating system and a world class brand to compete on a global basis where speed, innovation and productivity are required to win. Made in America will once again be THE label synonymous with the highest possible level of manufacturing excellence and human achievement. DMDII will be the “moon shot” for a new generation of visionaries. Bold in its announcement, awe-inspiring in its execution and impossible to replicate by others for decades to come.

Article written by Dr. Joseph J. Salvo, Director and Founder , Industrial Internet Consortium, GE Global Research