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Manufacturing Times Digital 

Fast Facts


February 2014


Mission Provide the government and U.S. manufacturers with the digital tools needed to transform American manufacturing ​

Headquarters Chicago, IL

Consortium Organizer MxD
Institute Metrics
 as of September 30, 2023
290   Member Organizations

Total Committed Funding on Original and Follow-on Agreements with DoD
$105M    Base Federal Funding
$205M    Base Non-Federal Cost Share

Additional Committed Project Funding
$59M    DoD Projects
   $13M    Other Federal Funding
$59M    Academia/Industry Projects

Total Ongoing and Completed Projects
112    Technology Projects
23    Education and Workforce Development (EWD) Projects

Education and Workforce Development
145,342  Participants in EWD Projects or Institute-led EWD Activities from FY20-FY22
Institute Snapshot
MxD is where innovative manufacturers forge their futures. In partnership with DoD, MxD provides manufacturers with digital tools and expertise to begin building every part better than the last.  Institute members increase their productivity and win more business, powered by a workforce with the digital skills they need for a cybersecure industrial base.  MxD also works with DoD manufacturers and contractors to assess and implement digital improvements throughout the industrial base.

Institute Capabilities
Future Factory
Through its robust network of industry, academic and government partners, MxD provides the U.S. manufacturing industry with workshops, federally-funded project opportunities, workforce development tools, and a 22,000 square-foot future factory floor innovation center to advance the digital transformation of U.S. manufacturers to accelerate innovation so they produce “every part better than the last.”
Center for Cybersecurity
MxD, with the support of DoD, has stood up the National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing, because ensuring manufacturing security against cyber threats is critical to securing the warfighter, as well as driving manufacturing competitiveness.  The Center will bridge and build a more resilient industrial base and defense supply chain by adapting the best in cyber tools and training to the unique needs of manufacturers of all sizes, including SMEs.
DoD uses Manufacturing Readiness Assessments (MRAs) to identify, analyze, acknowledge, and mitigate risks associated with new manufacturing programs, but there are no modern tool sets to execute the MRA process. MxD's Docent project created an application that facilitates the execution of an MRA with flexible user interfaces. MxD has received significant interest from the Defense Industrial Base about utilizing Docent because of the benefit it provides prime defense contractors.