Engineering and design software provider Autodesk will serve as a partner in a White House-led collaborative program that seeks to establish a manufacturing technology research and development center in Chicago.
Autodesk will provide software to support workforce training and R&D activities for the Digital Lab for Manufacturing project, the company said Monday.
UI Labs is spearheading the effort in partnership with government, commercial and academic organizations, Autodesk says.
“We are at a crucial stage in the rebirth of American manufacturing, and the Autodesk team is passionate about providing education, training and technological support that will serve as a catalyst for industrial innovation here at home,” said Buzz Kross, senior vice president of design, lifecycle and simulation at Autodesk .
The Obama administration has invested in a network of public-private manufacturing hubs with the aim of improving the nation’s industrial processes, according to the company.