DOD Awards $10 Million to Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute
The Department of Defense has awarded $10 million in funding to the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), with an option of $20 million more over the upcoming five years to lead the digital future of manufacturing, according to a report from DOD. The award is part of a new multi-year follow-on agreement with a ceiling of $60 million of government funding.
“The Department of Defense wants to reaffirm our strategic relationship with the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. 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,” stated Robert Gold, director, Technology & Manufacturing Industrial Base, DMDII.
DMDII, which was founded in 2014, has worked with the Army’s Rock Island Arsenal—the nation’s largest government-owned weapons manufacturer—to use 3-D modeling to assess the arsenal’s manufacturing processes.
“American manufacturing must remain competitive since it underpins national and economic security,” said Tracy Frost, director of the DOD Manufacturing Institutes and its Manufacturing Technology program.