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.

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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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2020

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

Problem:

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.

2020

CMMC Readiness Assessment

Problem:

Manufacturers who are planning to renew or sign new contracts with the Department of Defense (DoD) will be expected to meet the latest cybersecurity requirement later this year. The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), unlike previous DoD cybersecurity requirements which allowed for self-attestation, will require validation and certification by accredited third-party assessors. Manufacturers who plan to conduct business with the DoD will need to familiarize themselves with the CMMC requirements and prepare to comply.

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Reducing Waste in Manufacturing Large Die-Cast Parts

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

OUTCOME
Caterpillar and researchers from Missouri University of Science and Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign generated new algorithms and methods for using laser trackers and scanners to improve quality and reduce waste in manufacturing large die-cast parts. The software can reduce a machine’s volumetric error by more than 80% and detect insufficient stock 100% of the time so that valuable machining time is not wasted.

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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. 

OUTCOME:
CyberSecureDashboard.com guides organizations, especially small and medium-sized manufacturers, through the process of assessing and securing their systems. The cloud-based tool provides step-by-step instructions, reference materials, industry best practices, and links to templates and tools. 

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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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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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.