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UI Labs opens on Goose Island amid high expectations – Chicago Tribune
UI Labs opens on Goose Island amid high expectations
By JOHN CARPENTER
MAY 11, 2015 | 5:42 PM
DMDII will be home to teams of engineers and software developers from large and small corporate partners, as well as university researchers, working to help embed digital innovations into the U.S. manufacturing infrastructure.
DMDII will be home to teams of engineers and software developers from large and small corporate partners, as well as university researchers, working to help embed digital innovations into the U.S. manufacturing infrastructure. (Jose M. Osorio, Blue Sky/May 11, 2015)
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The talking is over for the highly anticipated Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, opened Monday on Chicago’s Goose Island by a bevy of city, state and federal officials.
Now it’s time to see if the $320 million, public-private partnership can do what officials hope it can — breathe life into the nation’s sagging manufacturing economy through encouragement of digital innovation.
Officials say teams of smart engineers and designers will descend on Chicago as the center ramps up in the coming months, aiming to solve thorny problems for industrial makers and establish the U.S. as the global leader on smart products and smart processes.
“With this, Chicago becomes the epicenter of advanced manufacturing,” Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel said at Monday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony
The institute will be home to university researchers and teams of corporate engineers and software developers working to help embed digital innovations into the U.S. manufacturing infrastructure. It’s part of a public-private partnership aimed at encouraging collaboration and speeding industrial innovation.
The institute aims to use U.S. Department of Defense funds, along with matching cash from corporate and university partners, to tackle a variety of problems. Among other things, it seeks ideas on how to better use wearable technology on the manufacturing floor.
The 94,000-square-foot facility will “re-establish Chicago as a rightful hub of innovation in the United States,” said Warren Holtsberg, chairman of UI Labs, which runs the institute.
Dean Bartles, the institute’s executive director, said about $15 million worth of research projects will be up and running at the facility within 60 days and that $50 million will be funded and running by the end of this year.
The facility includes conference and work space, plus a manufacturing floor with a variety of digitally driven manufacturing tools, including a large 3-D printer.
Emanuel, Gov. Bruce Rauner and other government officials toured the machines before Monday’s news conference. At some stations, they received small items, including a solid aluminum golf ball, that demonstrated the capabilities of the equipment.
“Increasing the competitiveness of manufacturing in Illinois is the key to our long-term prosperity,” Rauner said. “Collaboration, cooperation and partnership between research universities, industry and government provides the foundation for that innovative development.”
Steven Eppinger, a professor of engineering and management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, said the design and engineering communities are excited about the digital manufacturing initiative. He emphasized the importance of design innovators working alongside manufacturing innovators.
We rarely co-locate those two groups,” he told Blue Sky by telephone Monday. “I think we may actually be able to see some real significant breakthroughs.”
Eppinger said he hopes the program will address broad industrial challenges, not just the problems of large corporate sponsors.
There are all kinds of problems that we’re facing,” he said, citing vaccine production as one example. “They’ve built a great facility. The harder part is getting it connected with the kind of problems we need to solve.”
Adele Ratcliff, director of manufacturing technology at the U.S. Department of Defense, offered a military perspective when she spoke at the ribbon-cutting. She said U.S. manufacturers made it possible to win World War II by supplying U.S. troops with the tanks, planes and ammunition they needed. She called manufacturing “a matter of national security.”
This facility has the potential to position advanced manufacturing and our industrial base for U.S. competitiveness in the coming age,” she said.
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