Getting Started and Maximizing Your ROI from Digital Manufacturing as a Small Manufacturer

There is a sustained effort among larger manufacturers to embrace digital manufacturing but there is still significant work to be done to accelerate the adoption of digital manufacturing among the supply base. Thus, there is a need for simple and practical resources that will help small and mid-sized manufacturers get started in this space and invest confidently to increase their sales, improve profitability and optimize their manufacturing operations.

About the Project

MxD is preparing to release a Request for Proposals to help accelerate the adoption of digital manufacturing technologies at small and mid-sized manufacturers (SMMs). There is no question, implementing digital technology can lead to substantial returns for a company’s bottom line if applied correctly. Even with the sustained momentum to embrace digital manufacturing at larger manufacturing organizations, this success has not been translated effectively into the resources needed to accelerate the adoption of digital manufacturing amongst the supply base. The question many SMMs ask is “Where should I get started and what steps should I take to maximize my ROI in digital manufacturing technology?” To answer this question, MxD seeks to a fund a team to develop the resources SMMs need to create a strategy for investing in the right technology at the right time, launch effective I4.0 programs, and ultimately de-risk their journey to realizing a return on their investment in digital manufacturing technologies.

RFP responses are due on or before
Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 5:00 p.m. CT

Proposals must be submitted by teams, and MxD membership is not required for submission but will be required prior to project award. To facilitate project teaming, MxD will compile and disseminate contact information from parties interested in teaming during the first month of the proposal period.

If you are interested in submitting your contact info to this distribution list, please email by 5:00 p.m. Central Time, May 14, 2020.

For questions or more information, contact

Note: All project work must be performed in the United States.

Pitch Session Opportunity

In parallel with this project, MxD is hosting a virtual proposal concept pitch session. The purpose of the Pitch Session is to enable individuals and organizations that have already begun to form teams the chance to share a snapshot of their solution to the 20-04 Getting Started and Maximizing Your ROI from Digital Manufacturing as a Small Manufacturer RFP and receive preliminary feedback from the MxD community. This will serve as an excellent teaming opportunity for individuals and groups that identify synergies between their pitches.

Individuals who wish to attend must register online. In addition, individuals or teams who wish to share a pitch, must email See the PPK Overview for detailed instructions.

The deadline to sign up to present is Friday, May 15, 2020, 5:00 p.m. CT

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