DoD, Manufacturing Institute Sign Follow-On Partnership Agreement

The Department of Defense and a UI Labs-led consortium are entering into a possible $60M follow-on agreement to develop and integrate digital tools into manufacturing processes. DoD said Friday that it will provide $10M to the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute and may award an additional $20M over the next five years through a contract option.

"We are working together to develop cutting-edge digital technology and investing in a robust research and development infrastructure to promote global competitiveness on the part of U.S. manufacturers,” said Robert Gold, director of technology and manufacturing industrial base at DoD.

DMDII collaborates with the U.S. Army to evaluate weapons production methods at Rock Island Arsenal through the use of 3D models. The institute has invested $94M in 60 applied research projects nationwide since its inception in 2014.

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