Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)

Revolutionizing manufacturing by applying best-practices across the product life cycle and establishing effective industry-academia-government partnerships

The DMDII is the United States‘ flagship research institute for applying cutting-edge digital technologies to reduce the time and cost of manufacturing, strengthen the capabilities of the supply chain, and reduce acquisition costs.

The institute will develop and demonstrate digital manufacturing technologies, and deploy and commercialize these technologies across key manufacturing industries.

The DMDII is a Chicago consortium led by UI LABS which was the recipient of a $70 million Department of Defense (DOD) grant. matched by $250 million of private sector, academic and local government funding.


A Place

where manufacturers can see new, cutting-edge digital manufacturing products that they can put to use to improve productivity and profitability

A Source

of relationships with other manufacturers and technologists who want to work together to identify problems to be solved and create new business/customer opportunities

A Research & Development Center

where companies can pool resources to develop and prove-out new technology solutions

A Demonstration Center

where manufacturers can try out new technologies, products and equipment in a factory of the future

A Training Center

where employees can test drive and learn how to use the latest digital technologies through consulting services, classes and workshops

President Barack Obama announces the DMDII, 2/25/14











Obtained 500+ support companies and organizations

Held first three project call workshops

Opened in May 2015

Facilitated over $50M in applied research projects

Other Partners

Boeing | Caterpillar | Deere & Co. | Dow Chemical | General Electric | Illinois Tool Works | Lockheed Martin Inc. | Microsoft | PARC | Procter & Gamble |
Rolls-Royce | Siemens PLM Software | 26 additional companies | 50+ additional partners

Strategic Alignment

Become a Leading Hub of

Support emerging & mature sectors of