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Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute

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Technical Report,21 Feb 2014,30 Jun 2020

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UI Labs Chicago United States

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The Government has led several independent initiatives addressing technologies both on and above the factory floor with the goal of maximizing the use of digital data across the life cycle of products. This digital thread captures information generated from concept development and design to analysis, planning, manufacturing, assembly, maintainability, and through to disposal. The complexity of what can be designed, built, and maintained to meeting product needs in both military and commercial markets is constantly increasing while the lead time available to develop and move these products from design to the customer is decreasing. Early consideration of manufacturability, during both the development of the science and technology and the design and acquisition phases, is essential to dealing with this complexity. Government and industry both have recognized the need to integrate physics-based characteristics into models that enable the simultaneous consideration of the physical configuration, computational elements, and predictable system behaviors to promote products and processes that are both correct-by-design designed correctly and correct-by-construction built correctly. Other enabling technologies like 3D scanning of prototypes and final products should be fully embraced and integrated with design and manufacturing tools. The intended results are reduced tooling cost and lead time with increased fidelity in manufactured parts for quality control of the final product. Further development is needed in system level digital assembly based on 3D scanned data for as built and as assembled product. Optimized digital data generated above the factory floor needs to be seamlessly translated to intelligent machines on the factory floor that are capable of self-monitoring and control to enable manufacturing products with zero defects. Digital product data must be further enhanced by smart cyber-enabled, cyber-enhanced, and cyber-secure design.

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  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems

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