THE GRID INITIATIVE™

DIGITAL MANUFACTURING IS COMING. BY 2020, 96% OF ALL PRODUCTS WILL BE DESIGNED AND OPTIMIZED VIRTUALLY.

It is the mission of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences Digital Manufacturing Initiative to facilitate access to the tools, processes and knowledge necessary for the virtual simulation, analysis and optimization of manufacturing processes for the benefit of all U.S. manufacturers.

By educating, engaging and elevating backbone manufacturers, the Digital Manufacturing Initiative has a vision of creating the next industrial revolution.

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Grid Cells™ are physical innovation centers – local hubs where manufacturers can get hands-on experience and training with Digital Manufacturing tools. Two are already up and running, with a whole national network of them planned for the future.

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Michigan: Grid Cell™ at NCMS

The Advanced Materials & Composites Grid Cell™

Located at their headquarters Ann Arbor, NCMS will host the first Grid Cell™. Through this effort, Michigan companies will forge a path to increased global competitiveness, by providing manufacturers with a virtualized approach to building that combines high performance modeling, simulation, and analysis (MS&A), data mining tools, and the digitization of processes to optimize speed, reliability, and efficiency.

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Virginia: Grid Cell™ at George Mason University

Structural Safety & Vehicle Crash Analysis

The cell, will be housed in the Commerce Building near Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The cell will set new standards for collaborative research between government agencies, industry and academia. Dedicated to optimizing vehicle safety across the transportation fleet, researchers at the cell will employ computer modeling and simulation technologies, real-world data analysis, and experimental test methods to optimize fleet safety, assess crashworthiness improvements, and provide focused education and training programs for future scientists and engineers. read more