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Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute

Awardee Announced!

On February 25, 2014, President Obama announced the selection of the winning team to lead the DMDI Institute, an Illinois consortium led by UI Labs and consisting of members throughout the upper Midwest and beyond.

The awardee, UI Labs, brings excellent participation by strong industry partners engaged and leading this consortium. There is a strong connection with academia with a diverse background in digital manufacturing and design. UI Labs has assembled a world-class team of more than 70 organizations from industry, government and academia, with both broad and deep experience in all aspects of product development, technology transfer and commercialization processes from design and prototyping to manufacturing at scale.

The DMDI Institute will address the life cycle of digital data interchanged among myriad design, engineering, manufacturing and maintenance systems, and flowing across a networked supply chain.


The President also announced the selection of the team to lead Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute, to be headquartered in the Detroit area.

The two new manufacturing innovation institutes are the third and fourth manufacturing hubs launched by the Administration to jumpstart the creation of the public-private private National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), an initiative the President first proposed in March 2012. They follow the National Additive Manufacturing Institute (now called America Makes), begun in August 2012 and also led by the Defense Department, and the Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute, launched by the President on Jan. 15, 2014 and led by the Energy Department.

Read the White House press release:

View the video of the Presidentís announcement:

Read the FAQs on the two new manufacturing innovation institutes: FAQs - DOD Institutes

For information on the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, go to:

Read the Presidentís May 9, 2013, announcement of three new institutes:

Background Info

Two new DoD-Led manufacturing institutes were announced by the White House on May 9, 2013, as well as one led by the DoE. The focus areas of the DoD-led institutes are (1) Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) and (2) Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation (LM3I). These institutes will address cross-cutting manufacturing technologies to meet critical national security and energy needs. The total DoD funding contribution will be $50M per institute, with other government agencies rounding out the balance to reach $70M in federal funding per institute, with an expected minimum 1:1 funding match by industry/others. The establishment of both institutes will be overseen by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), with solicitations managed by DoD field activities.

DMDI Solicitation Process

Award Notice - The purpose of this notice is to announce that the broad agency announcement, BAA-13-01DMDI, for the subject effort has been awarded. Award Number: W31P4Q-14-2-0001 Award Amount: $175,820,041.00 (includes cost share). Award Date: 02-21-2014 Awardee Name and Address: UI LABS (079084801) 2201 W. Campbell Park Drive Chicago, IL 60612-4092

The DMDI Institute was established by formal solicitation through the Army Contracting Command - Redstone in support of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) located at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, and managed and supported by a tri-service, interagency group composed of members from contributing agencies. An overview of the intended institute can be found here: DMDI Overview

The original DMDI RFIis on FedBizOpps and the solicitation can be found on DMDI Solicitation.

The Notice of Intent can be found here: NOI-DMDI.

A Proposers' Day was held to help potential teams learn and prepare better proposals. Copies of the DMDI briefings are below, and please see the LM3I page for more.

- NNMI, Building the Partnership Picture by Mike Molnar, AMNPO
- DMDI Institute General Information by Greg Harris, DMDI
- DMDI, Contracting Information by Jeff Knight, DMDI

To read more about the DOE institute, the Next Generation Power Electronics National Manufacturing Innovation Institute, please go here: Next Generation Power Electronics National Manufacturing Innovation Institute

For more information on the NNMI, go here: NNMI Page. Or, read the FAQ about the three new Institutes and National Network for Manufacturing Innovation: NNMI_FAQ.pdf (developed August 28, 2013)

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