President Obama has announced that the next expansion of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) will be the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDI), to be located in Chicago. The DMDI will focus on democratizing and integrating data across the supply chain. AMT–The Association For Manufacturing Technology and a number of its member companies have been active in the development of this institute, as well as other manufacturing hubs.
“Digital manufacturing is clearly one of the most exciting technologies impacting our industry and providing a platform for U.S. manufacturers to excel in a highly competitive global marketplace,” says AMT President Douglas K. Woods. “The DMDI provides an opportunity for industry, academia and government to collaborate and accelerate the commercialization of digital technology based manufacturing products and services.”
The DMDI launch announcement coincided with the news of another manufacturing hub, the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute (LM3I), to be located in Canton, Mich. DMDI and LM3I join the two existing NNMI hubs: America Makes–The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) in Youngstown, Ohio, and the Next-Generation Power Electronics National Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Raleigh, N.C.