Featured Projects

MxD partners with our top-tier partners, academic researchers, startups and the U.S. government to launch digital manufacturing projects with commercial potential.

Project Collaboration

Making every single part better than the last is a goal too big for any one company to reach on its own. Collaborative projects like these help our partners solve digital problems outside of their core competencies.

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2021

Secure Wireless for Factory Operations

Problem:

Digital manufacturing greatly benefits from the use of data from various points on the factory floor. When aggregated, data can be utilized for a broad range of use cases such as identifying improvement opportunities. Traditionally, these data streams have been sent securely and with high integrity via hardwire in the factory. As the digital transformation advances, the use of sensors and other data sources will be relied upon at an increasing rate. Connecting with data sources via hardwire is no longer resource-effective and new wireless protocols must be adopted. The manufacturing industry needs guidance on wireless solutions that allow flexibility, mobility, and security.

2021

Emerging Technology in Advanced Manufacturing and Cybersecurity

Problem:

MxD is committed to improving U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and is at the leading edge of emerging digital manufacturing technologies. Through the Emerging Technology program, academic institutions have an opportunity to receive funding to aid in the development of early stage (TRL 3-6), applied research in digital manufacturing and cybersecurity research in manufacturing. Successful “Emerging Technology” projects have the potential to define larger, more specific, MxD research projects in the future. Proposals are strongly encouraged from academic institutions who are non-MxD members and Minority Serving Institutions.

Current Projects

Project Number: 20-01-A

Supply Chain Enhancements

This project will develop and implement supply chain visibility tasks within the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) Cybersecure Dashboard. 

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Project Number: 20-15-01

Pathfinder Phase I: Securing 3D Printers in Manufacturing

MxD is partnering with the Department of Defense in the evaluation and development of a risk assessment for additive manufacturing (3D printers) as 3D printers do not currently meet the NIST Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework (RMF).

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Reducing Waste in Manufacturing Large Die-Cast Parts

PROBLEM
Discrete manufacturers waste material when die-casting complex metal parts. 

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Cyber wall testbed featured on the MxD factory floor.

Helping Businesses Counter Cyber-Attacks

PROBLEM:
More than half of all small-to-medium-size businesses have experienced a cyberattack in the last 12 months. 

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Cost Share Guidelines

MxD encourages contributions of voluntary or mandatory cost share to support the digital manufacturing institute ecosystem. Please review the Cost Share Guidelines to learn more or begin the cost share donation process here.

 

More Success Stories

2017

1. Cybersecurity in the DoD Supply Chain

MxD sponsors a study to assess how small and medium-sized manufacturers are complying with DoD’s new cybersecurity rules.

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2016

2. Digitizing Legacy Machines

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences leads a team to develop a sensor retrofit kit. The kit communicates data through an industry standard MTConnect interface to a cloud dashboard.

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2017

3. Defining Manufacturing Jobs of the Future

MxD and ManpowerGroup release a digital workforce taxonomy, a groundbreaking analysis that identifies 165 new data-centric manufacturing jobs—roles like “collaborative robotics technician” and “predictive maintenance systems specialist.”

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2019

4. Warning Manufacturers of Part, Materials Delays

Dow, Microsoft, ITAMCO, and two universities team up to build a supply chain risk alert system that will warn manufacturers further down the supply chain of delays caused by emergencies, weather, or natural disasters.

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Facts & Figures

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How many projects has MxD funded?

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More than 60 external projects across more than 35 states.

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How much has MxD invested in R&D projects?

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$90 million

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How does digitization improve a factory’s bottom line?

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Through operational efficiencies, predictive and preventative maintenance, better supply chain management, and inventory optimization.

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Are Industry 4.0, The Fourth Revolution and smart manufacturing the same thing?

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They boil down to the same concept: it’s all about applying information and communication technology to manufacturing.

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Interested in Projects?

A key benefit of partnering with MxD is the ability to lead or participate in projects with the world’s most innovative manufacturers, researchers, and technology companies. Contact us to learn more.