Blog

I'VE SEEN THE FUTURE, AND IT'S DIGITAL

April 13, 2017

The future of industry will be digital. It’s inevitable, but that doesn’t make it easy. UI LABS was founded to take on grand challenges in this arena: To digitize the U.S. supply chain to make manufacturing more competitive globally, and...

Read more here.

AUGMENTED REALITY STAKEHOLDERS CONVENE TO MOVE TECHNOLOGY FORWARD

March 15, 2017

Sometimes in the Wild West of rapidly evolving technology, we’re stronger working together than alone. A recent workshop proved that’s the mindset of Lockheed Martin, Caterpillar, and Procter and Gamble, which teamed up to lead a discussion of augmented reality...

Read more here.

MAKING DIGITAL MANUFACTURING ACCESSIBLE

February 1, 2017

In the next 10 years, manufacturers will need to hire for nearly 3.5 million jobs. But because of the growing skills gap, 2 million of those positions could go unfilled. For the United States to maintain its position as a...

Read more here.

CLEAN ENERGY: CONNECTING THE DOTS

January 3, 2017

Over the past decade, clean energy innovation has come a long way, delivering sizable efficiency gains and cost reduction across the energy spectrum. What technologies hold the greatest promise to continue the trend of increasing effectiveness while prices go down?...

Read more here.

ADVANCEMENTS IN SMART MANUFACTURING REQUIRE SMART U.S. POLICY

December 5, 2016

Despite the shifting political landscape that always accompanies an election year, U.S. policymakers and industry face a clear decision point: Invest in smart manufacturing and R&D now, or fall behind our global competitors. I witnessed firsthand the robust international efforts...

Read more here.

COLLABORATIVE TECHNOLOGY ON DISPLAY AT THE DEFENSE MANUFACTURING CONFERENCE

November 28, 2016

Through a connection made at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, two startups are working together on a shop-floor system that helps manufacturers automate quality control (QC) using tag-less tracing and robotic 3D scanning. ARIS Technology and Covisus Inc., both DMDII members, are...

Read more here.

BROADENING THE NETWORK: STARTUPS PLAY KEY ROLE IN DMDII TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE

November 21, 2016

Since it was established in 2014, the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute’s membership has grown rapidly to include nearly 300 partners. But if you ask the Institute’s interim executive director, Tom McDermott, the quantity isn’t what excites him most. “More interesting...

Read more here.

FEDERAL CYBER RULES MAY CATCH MANUFACTURERS UNAWARE

November 11, 2016

A new set of federal cybersecurity regulations goes into effect at the end of next year, but many manufacturers remain unaware of the rules and their impact. “They either haven’t heard of them at all, or they’ve heard of them...

Read more here.

STARTUP FINDS PART-TIME HOME AT DMDII

October 27, 2016

Benjamin Bullis, an IT professional by day, has an idea for a new type of work light, a high-powered, ultra-flexible LED product. He envisions a light that is not only high quality and affordable, but designed and manufactured in the...

Read more here.

MANUFACTURING DAY AT UI LABS SPOTLIGHTS ISSUES OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

October 13, 2016

As digitization transforms American manufacturing, the nature of skilled work is changing and demand for technical talent is on the rise. To foster a skilled workforce, making manufacturing careers accessible and inclusive is more important than ever. “Manufacturing today is...

Read more here.

MAYORS OF LONDON & CHICAGO TOUR CITY DIGITAL PROJECTS AT UI LABS

September 16, 2016

We had an incredible opportunity today to showcase the technology being developed through City Digital to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and London Mayor Sadiq Khan at the UI LABS Innovation Center. Representatives from City Digital's partner organizations were onsite to show the...

Read more here.

FIRST-EVER 'WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING' EVENT HOSTED AT UI LABS

June 7, 2016

On Friday, June 3, UI LABS was pleased to host “Championing Women in Manufacturing,” the first event we’ve ever had at our Innovation Center related specifically to the issues that women face in this field. We were delighted to have...

Read more here.

EXPANDING OUR CONSORTIUM, EVOLVING OUR MODEL, SETTING THE STAGE FOR COLLABORATIVE TRANSFORMATION

April 11, 2016

UI LABS started with the concept of solving challenges that are too big for any one organization to address. We put U+I in our name to represent the importance of bringing universities and industry together to tackle these issues. Over...

Read more here.

DIGITIZING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING

October 21, 2015

Do you know what Digital Manufacturing is? There may be many ways to define this term, but take a look below at what Dean Bartles, Executive Director of the DMDII, defines Digital Manufacturing as in this intriguing article published by Manufacturing...

Read more here.

DMDII GRAND OPENING

May 22, 2015

DMDII, in collaboration with UI LABS and CityWorks, opened its doors to debut their state-of-the-art digital manufacturing lab and a cutting-edge work space housed within a 94,000-square-foot facility on Goose Island in Chicago. A 24,000-square-foot glass-enclosed digital manufacturing lab contains...

Read more here.