Partners hash out details of Chicago's Digital Lab for Manufacturing

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The University of Illinois doesn’t often buddy up with the University of Iowa, just as Rolls-Royce doesn’t often volunteer to hold hands with General Electric.

But that’s exactly the kind of scenario the Digital Lab for Manufacturing — a three-way partnership among academic institutions, manufacturing companies and the government — envisions, executives said during a panel discussion at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center.

Chicago secured $70 million from the Defense Department in February to build a digital manufacturing lab on the northern end of Goose Island. The lab will operate as a research and development center, teaming up with software companies and universities to help solve widespread manufacturing problems faster with cutting-edge technology.

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