By Industrial Laser Solutions Editors
Rock Hill, SC – 3D Systems is teaming up with the White House, UI Labs, the Department of Defense, and other industry and academic organizations on its recently announced Digital Lab for Manufacturing. As part of this collaboration, 3DS Systems (3DS) plans to deliver its latest Geomagic perceptual design-to-manufacturing tools, including scan-to-CAD, and inspection products to the center, providing access for the American manufacturing industry to the most advanced design-to-manufacturing digital thread.
Headed by UI Labs and located in Chicago, the Digital Lab for Manufacturing is an applied research institute that is chartered with the development, demonstration, and deployment of digital manufacturing technologies across key manufacturing industries. This White House initiative brings together 40 industry partners, more than 30 academic, government, and community partners, and an additional 500+ supporting companies.
The Digital Lab has a mission to transform the American manufacturing chain, to ensure the secure integration and communication of digital manufacturing data, and allow companies of any size to adopt emerging innovations in the space. This new center is the next step in the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, consisting of regional hubs that will accelerate development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies for new, globally competitive products. 3DS is also a founding and leading member of America Makes (formerly NAMII), the first center opened in this proposed national network.
“Perceptual design and manufacturing tools enable digital manufacturing technologies to catch up with advancements in design,” said Ping Fu, chief strategy officer, 3DS. “For America to lead in manufacturing, seamless digital threading needs to be readily democratized, localized, and accessible; and the Digital Lab for Manufacturing is exactly what we needed to pave the way.”