Press Releases

DMDII, CITY TECH TO ACCELERATE GROWTH AS INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATIONS

February 28, 2019

UI LABS announced today that its two labs — the City Tech Collaborative and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) — will stand as independent organizations, now that both have achieved strong momentum and robust fiscal health.

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DMDII AWARDED $10 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING

February 21, 2019

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) announced today that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded $10 million in funding this year and is pledging at least $20 million more over the next five years to drive the digital future of manufacturing.

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NEW DATA ON CYBERSECURITY IN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY SHOWS SMALL MANUFACTURERS PLAY CRITICAL ROLE IN SECURING THE SUPPLY CHAIN

January 11, 2019

ISACA and DMDII study also identifies need for major improvements to security awareness programs at manufacturing organizations

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CITY TECH PRESS RELEASES

December 21, 2018

Please visit www.CityTechCollaborative.org/News for City Tech news and media coverage.

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mHUB AND DMDII NAME THREE FOURTH REVOLUTION AWARD RECIPIENTS: MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR, MARMON; CORPORATE CHAMPION, MICROSOFT; AND FOURTH REVOLUTION CHAMPION, BRAD KEYWELL

September 21, 2018

mHUB, and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), have named Marmon Holdings, Inc. as Manufacturer of the Year; Microsoft as Corporate Champion; and Brad Keywell as Fourth Revolution Champion of the second annual Fourth Revolution Awards.

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NATIONAL MANUFACTURING INNOVATOR AND ENTREPRENEUR TAKES LEAD AT DIGITAL MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE

September 19, 2018

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) has announced that former federal executive and startup trailblazer Chandra Brown has been named executive director effective Sept. 26, 2018.

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mHUB AND DMDII WELCOME ESTEEMED JUDGES FOR 2018 FOURTH REVOLUTION AWARDS

July 30, 2018

mHUB and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) are proud to welcome the 2018 Fourth Revolution Awards judges who will join us in honoring the best and brightest of the Midwest’s manufacturing technology community. This prestigious list of leaders is representative of the exemplary innovators, community builders, and corporate champions of our manufacturing ecosystem.

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DMDII ANNOUNCES DIRECTOR FOR NATIONAL CENTER FOR CYBERSECURITY IN MANUFACTURING

July 18, 2018

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) announced today that information security expert Koushik Subramanian has been named director of the National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing.

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mHUB AND UI LABS ANNOUNCE 2ND ANNUAL FOURTH REVOLUTION AWARDS AND OPEN AWARD NOMINATION PROCESS

June 27, 2018

mHUB and UI LABS today announced that the 2nd annual Fourth Revolution Awards ceremony will take place on October 10, 2018 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The ceremony will culminate in the celebration of seven deserving leaders, companies and industrial initiatives that have made significant contributions to the region’s manufacturing ecosystem in the past year.

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DMDII AND ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL COLLABORATE ON CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

March 28, 2018

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) and the U.S. Army’s Rock Island Arsenal have announced a collaboration to improve the nation’s largest government-owned weapons manufacturer, with the aim of getting equipment to U.S. warfighters more quickly.

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DMDII LAUNCHES CYBER HUB FOR MANUFACTURING WITH DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SUPPORT

March 12, 2018

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) announced today the launch of a “Cyber Hub for Manufacturing” with $750,000 in seed funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).

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DMDII OPENS ITS MANUFACTURING FLOOR TO THE COMMUNITY

January 10, 2018

The Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute (DMDII) announces that it is opening its floor to manufacturers and academic institutions needing to quickly test process improvements.

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ILLINOIS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY CELEBRATES FOURTH REVOLUTION AWARDS

October 19, 2017

Inaugural awards hosted by manufacturing innovation centers mHUB, UI LABS and IMEC celebrated region’s manufacturing innovation and leadership by recognizing the companies, products and initiatives driving a new revolution.

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mHUB, IMEC AND UI LABS NAME MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR AND CORPORATE CHAMPION OF THE FOURTH REVOLUTION AWARDS AND ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL FINALISTS

September 29, 2017

mHUB, IMEC and UI LABS have named GE Manufacturer of the Year and JLL Corporate Champion of the inaugural Fourth Revolution Awards and announced finalists in all other award categories. The industry awards ceremony will take place on October 18, 2017 at the Wintrust Grand Banking Hall in Chicago to recognize talent and achievements in regional manufacturing.

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MANUFACTURING IS DEAD? THINK AGAIN. HERE ARE 165 DIGITAL ROLES SHAPING NEXTGEN MANUFACTURING IN THE UNITED STATES

August 15, 2017

UI LABS and ManpowerGroup today released a groundbreaking workforce analysis that identifies 165 data-centric jobs that will define the future of manufacturing in the United States.

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mHUB, IMEC AND UI LABS LAUNCH FOURTH REVOLUTION INNOVATION AWARDS

July 24, 2017

Illinois manufacturing community leaders collaborate on awards ceremony to recognize the leaders, visionaries and corporate champions of manufacturing.

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MCKINSEY LAUNCHES NORTH AMERICAN DIGITAL CAPABILITY CENTER AT DIGITAL MANUFACTURING & DESIGN INNOVATION INSTITUTE

June 1, 2017

McKinsey & Company and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) announced the launch of the North American Digital Capability Center (DCC) – a unique digital manufacturing learning center.

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RESCALE COLLABORATES WITH UI LABS TO ENABLE NEXT-GENERATION DESIGN FOR AEROSPACE

May 31, 2017

Rescale announced a collaboration with UI LABS that will increase efficiency and drive down costs in the design-to-manufacturing process across the supply chain.

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MANUFACTURERS UNITE TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF AUGMENTED REALITY

April 11, 2017

UI LABS and The Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA) announced today the release of the world’s first augmented reality (AR) hardware and software functional requirements guidelines.

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‘ASPIRE TO MANUFACTURING’ EVENT INTRODUCES STUDENTS TO CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN MANUFACTURING

April 7, 2017

Approximately 50 students from Palatine and Schaumburg High Schools received a hands-on introduction to the real-world opportunities available to them through pursuing a career in the field of manufacturing during a unique public-private partnership hosted by Sandvik Coromant in Schaumburg.

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DIGITAL MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN TECHNOLOGY OPEN ONLINE COURSES READY FOR ENROLLMENT

January 18, 2017

Enrollment has opened for the first three online courses of a 10-course “101” series focused on harnessing data to make American factories more efficient and competitive.

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IMEC, DMDII AWARDED $1.2 MILLION TO FUND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE INITIATIVE

September 22, 2016

The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Purdue MEP), and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) were named recipients of a $1.2 million award by the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

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DMDII ANNOUNCES SECOND 2016 PROJECT CALL FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING R&D PROJECTS

July 27, 2016

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, announced the release of its second 2016 Project Call, which requests proposals for four topics across three DMDII Technology Thrusts: Intelligent Machines (IM), Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise (AME), and Advanced Analysis (AA).

A September 8 Project Call Workshop at the UI LABS Innovation Center will provide additional information and enable team formation.

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NEW PARTNERSHIP TO DEFINE AND MAP THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL MANUFACTURING JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES

July 20, 2016

A new partnership to define and map the roles and skills required by organizations on the forefront of advanced digital manufacturing was announced today between ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN) and the Chicago-based Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS Collaboration. The work is part of a broader national initiative overseen by the Department of Defense and other federal agencies to fuel the development of next generation production capabilities and bring jobs back to the United States.

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DMDII ANNOUNCES $12 MILLION IN APPLIED R&D AWARDS, INCLUDING FIRST PROJECTS IN AUGMENTED REALITY FOR INDUSTRY

May 10, 2016

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, today announced that it has issued six national contract research awards, including funding to test and aid compliance with the nation’s cybersecurity standards for digital manufacturing. The projects span several digital manufacturing disciplines, but each reflects the core mission of DMDII: propelling the field of American digital manufacturing and design forward.

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UI LABS EXPANDS BOARD OF DIRECTORS, WELCOMING ADDITIONAL LEADERS FROM INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA, AND NON-PROFIT SECTORS

March 31, 2016

New Directors join esteemed multi-sector Board; strengthen operational experience, diversity, and global reach to continue to guide first-of-its-kind innovation accelerator

UI LABS, a Chicago-based public-private applied research and commercialization collaborative, today announced the expansion of its Board of Directors to include preeminent executives from the corporate, academic, and non-profit sectors.

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DMDII ANNOUNCES FIRST 2016 PROJECT CALL FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING R&D PROJECTS

March 16, 2016

March 29th Project Call Workshop at UI LABS Innovation Center Will Provide Additional Information and Enable Team Formation

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, today announced the release of its first 2016 Project Call addressing two of the three DMDII Technology Thrusts: Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise (AME) and Intelligent Machines (IM).

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ILLINOIS MANUFACTURING LAB ANNOUNCES THE NEXT ROUND OF PROJECTS, PUBLISHES RESULTS FROM CASE STUDIES

March 3, 2016

The Illinois Manufacturing Lab (IML), a partnership between UI LABS and the University of Illinois with support from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), today announced a second round of advanced manufacturing research projects targeted toward small and medium manufacturers (SMMs).

“At UI LABS, we understand how digital technologies are transforming industries like manufacturing,” said Caralynn Nowinski Collens, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of UI LABS. “The Illinois Manufacturing Lab empowers small and medium manufacturers across the state by taking advances in digital manufacturing and getting them into the hands of these business owners.”

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DMDII ANNOUNCES NEW RESEARCH AWARDS, HELPS ENABLE WIDESPREAD COMPLIANCE WITH MANUFACTURING CYBERSECURITY STANDARDS

February 10, 2016

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, today announced that it has issued six national contract research awards, including funding to test and aid compliance with the nation’s cybersecurity standards for digital manufacturing. The projects span several digital manufacturing disciplines, but each reflects the core mission of DMDII: propelling the field of American digital manufacturing and design forward.

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DMDII TO ESTABLISH ONLINE DIGITAL MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN CLASSES

December 10, 2015

Today, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, announced the availability of up to $500,000 in project funding to solicit proposals for the creation of a Digital Manufacturing and Design “Specialization,” a suite of open online, on-demand courses leading to a certificate upon completion. DMDII is issuing a project call for courses that will be offered on Coursera, the largest provider of open online courses with over 16 million registered learners worldwide.

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DMDII OPENS QUAD CITIES CHAPTER

November 12, 2015

Today, representatives from the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, along with Senator Dick Durbin, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and representatives from the Quad Cities Chamber announced a new chapter in the Quad Cities which will be housed at the Quad Cities Manufacturing Lab.

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DMDII OPENS FIRST CHAPTER IN ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS

November 9, 2015

Today, representatives from the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, along with Senator Dick Durbin, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) President Dr. Douglas Baker, announced a new DMDII pilot chapter in Rockford.

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DMDII GRANTS $7 MILLION IN RESEARCH AWARDS IN NEW CONTRACTS TO 14 PARTNERS ACROSS U.S.

October 15, 2015

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration established in 2014, announced today that it has issued its first five national contract research awards. The contracts are valued at more than $7 million, include 14 DMDII partners from across the United States, and will fund research aimed at advancing the field of digital manufacturing and design. Over the next three years, DMDII anticipates having a portfolio of sponsored research projects, spread out over dozens of project call topics and hundreds of institute members.

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UI LABS PARTNERS WITH UIC TO CO-HOST THE SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND ENERGY (SISE)

August 6, 2015

As part of our mission to retain tech talent in Chicago, we have partnered with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to co-host the 5th Annual Summer Institute for Sustainability and Energy (SISE), a two-week intensive program held August 6-18, 2015.

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DMDII ANNOUNCES PUBLIC KICKOFF OF DIGITAL MANUFACTURING OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE PROJECT

July 21, 2015

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, today announced the public kickoff of its open source software project, the Digital Manufacturing Commons, DMDII-15-16. The Digital Manufacturing Commons (DMC) is a software platform that can be used to share and access manufacturing data and analysis tools. The project has the potential to generate millions of dollars of savings for small, medium and large manufacturers by democratizing the flow of innovative digital manufacturing data.

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DMDII RELEASES FIVE NEW SOLICITATIONS FOR R&D PROJECTS IN DIGITAL MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN INNOVATION

July 17, 2015

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, is announcing its latest call for technology proposals. This new call for proposals will consist of over $20 million in funding across five applied research and development project topics. DMDII will use these funds to invest in digital design and manufacturing technologies that can improve American factories, reduce manufacturing costs and create new opportunities for American manufacturing businesses.

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DMDII LAUNCHES SEVEN NEW PROJECT CALLS AND SCHEDULES PUBLIC WORKSHOP IN ATLANTA ON FEB 25–26.

May 6, 2015

At the official groundbreaking of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) in October, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that he was “excited about the unknowns we’re about to discover.” Today, the DMDII gave the public a peek at these unknowns, announcing new “project calls” for 7 separate research and development projects.

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