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May 12, 2023
Make it Where You Need It - OSD Program Funds Technology to Enable Point-of-Need Manufacturing
The Office of the Secretary of Defense Manufacturing Technology Program (OSD ManTech) has announced the winners of the first-of-its-kind "Point of Need Challenge Pitch Event" for solutions to support forward-deployed forces in austere environments.
Held March 8-9 at the ARM Institute in Pittsburgh, Pa., the event showcased technologies generated by member companies of the Department of Defense Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (MIIs). DoD launched nine MIIs between 2012 and 2021, each focused on a particular critical technology, to help revitalize U.S. domestic manufacturing capability.
Feb. 20, 2023
MIIs Help Secure Global Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing
Leaders from the Manufacturing USA network of institutes share how their efforts are helping the U.S. secure global leadership for emerging technologies in the critical strategic industries to help capture domestic manufacturing and lower hurdles for U.S. manufacturers to adopt these leading technologies.
Jan. 20, 2023
Students Expand their PIC Knowledge and Skills
About a dozen students enrolled in STEM programs at U.S. colleges and universities, as well as engineers and designers from both start-ups and established companies in the integrated photonics industry, gathered recently at MIT and BSU with the same goal in mind: to gain more hands-on experience using the schools’ state-of-the art tools to help them better understand photonic integrated circuit (PIC) theory, testing and packaging during AIM Photonics’ in-person Photonics Bootcamp.
Jan. 18, 2023
LIFT Manufacturing Innovation Institute Will Open Satellite Facility in Puerto Rico
LIFT, the Detroit-based Department of Defense national Manufacturing Innovation Institute, the Governor of Puerto Rico and the Department of Economic Development and Commerce of Puerto Rico (DEDC) announced they signed an agreement to launch an institute facility satellite to advanced applied research and development, as well as advanced manufacturing on the island.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed at La Fortaleza, bringing the institute to Puerto Rico to engage with the Island’s manufacturers to further develop their technologies and support the Island’s workforce by providing advanced manufacturing training opportunities.
Dec. 13, 2022
DoD ManTech at the 2022 Defense Manufacturing Conference
Tampa, FL —
The DoD Manufacturing Technology Program team enjoyed wide participation at the annual Defense Manufacturing Conference in Tampa, FL, from 5-8 December 2022. DMC is the premier annual opportunity for government, industry, and academia to exchange information and perspectives within the manufacturing community. .
Discussion topics focused on defense manufacturing policies, strategic direction, best practices, funding opportunities, and the latest manufacturing innovations for our warfighters.
See some photos and synopses of our panels.
Reducing Industrial Emissions to Create an Equitable Clean Energy Future
The Manufacturing USA network has grown to include 16 manufacturing innovation institutes, which are funded through the departments of Commerce, Defense and Energy and from private sector industry members. Institutes are working with research entities and private sector companies to develop processes to reduce industrial emissions and lower barriers so that more manufacturers can adopt these breakthroughs. While every institute’s projects may contribute to energy efficiency and sustainability, here is a look at some of the many initiatives related to emissions-intensive industrial processes.
Oct. 12, 2022
DoD Manufacturing Innovation Institutes Awarded Grants to Spur Regional Economic Development
Two DoD Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (MIIs) - ARM and BioFabUSA - are part of teams that were awarded Build Back Better Regional Challenge grants. Funded by the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan and administered by the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the challenge provides funding to foster economic growth, further inclusive and equitable recovery, and create thousands of quality-paying jobs in industries critical to the future, such as clean energy, next-gen manufacturing, and biotechnology.
Oct. 5, 2022
Building Momentum in Regional Ecosystems
The Manufacturing USA institutes are applying a cluster-based approach to connect people, ideas and technology, by developing regional ecosystems of government research institutions, universities and private sector industry members.
London June 14, 2022
London Tech Bridge Breaks Down Barriers With New Collaboration Space
The U.K.-based Tech Bridge hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 13 to celebrate the grand opening of its innovation hub.
The London Tech Bridge (LTB) will leverage partnerships with the U.S. Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global) and Royal Navy Office of the Chief Technology Officer to foster connectivity, agility and innovation. The location will sponsor dialogue, joint investment and cooperative development between the two navies.
June 1, 2022
Local Partnerships Can Build STEM Workforce Development in Your District
A proven program, known as FlexFactor, helps students gain a deeper understanding of STEM and the advanced manufacturing sector. “FlexFactor guides student teams to explore emerging technologies and entrepreneurial thinking through an inquiry-based approach where they examine the lifecycle of a product. The process begins with a specific problem’s identification, then progressing to a potential technological solution including a traditional business case, that vets an opportunity based on projected demand, distribution partnerships and a forecasted return on investment for a given solution,” said Courtney Power, Workforce Development Portfolio Manager at NextFlex.