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A Path to Future Factories


The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) is where innovative manufacturers go to forge their futures. Working with more than 320 partners across industry, academia, and government, DMDII provides a 22,000 square-foot testbed for training and experimentation at its Innovation Center in Chicago.
In partnership with UI LABS and the Department of Defense, DMDII equips U.S. factories with the digital tools and expertise they need to begin building every part better than the last, enabling its partners to increase their productivity and win more business.
DMDII has invested approximately $90 million in more than 60 applied research and development projects in areas including design; product development; systems engineering; future factories; agile, resilient supply chains; and cybersecurity.
The factory floor features some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world, which partners can use for experimentation and training on everything from augmented reality to advanced simulation techniques.
In addition to discrete manufacturing and assembly testbeds, pictured here, DMDII’s factory floor houses machinery and software from its network of partners. The floor configuration is flexible to accommodate upgrades and new capabilities to adapt to the network’s needs. Visit to learn more or register for an info session and tour to see the floor in action.  M
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