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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign central to new, $320-million Digital Lab for Manufacturing

“Digital Manufacturing Commons” will reduce costs for manufacturing, transform the way work is done, and spur economic growth.



Representatives from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were with President Obama on February 25, 2014, as he announced a new Chicago-based public-private partnership called the Digital Lab for Manufacturing.

The Digital Lab for Manufacturing is an applied research institute that will develop digital manufacturing technologies and commercialize these technologies with key industries. These technologies will be used to make everything from consumer products to heavy machinery to equipment for the military.

It will launch with $70 million from the U.S. Department of Defense. More than $250 million in additional funding will come from industry, academic, government, and community partners.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Top 5 College of Engineering and its world-renowned National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) are central to the Digital Lab for Manufacturing. Prof. William King from Illinois’ Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering is the Digital Lab’s principal investigator and will serve as its Chief Technical Officer.

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