MxD (formerly DMDII), originally established under UI Labs by the Department of Defense, focuses on the digital future of manufacturing, pioneering new technologies that make America’s industrial base and warfighters more resilient and agile.

MxD is developing solutions to manufacturing challenges through their partner projects across four key focus areas:

  • (1) Design, Product Development, and Systems Engineering
  • (2) Future Factory
  • (3) Agile, Resilient Supply Chain
  • (4) Cybersecurity in Manufacturing

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Staying Current with MxD:

August 25th - The nation’s digital manufacturing institute, MxD, has released The Hiring Guide: Cybersecurity in Manufacturing, a ground-breaking guide to help U.S. manufacturers build the workforce they need to protect the industry from growing cyber threats.

The Hiring Guide is available for free download at A webinar on the guide, hosted by MxD, the Manufacturing Leadership Council, the National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute, will be held Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. CT.

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August 6th - MxD helps U.S. manufacturers adopt the digital tools and expertise they need to begin building every part better than the last. Read their recent article on “Five Steps to Choosing the Right Manufacturing Sensors” here

July 17th - LMI recently joined to become a member of, MxD. LMI aims to help and equip and enhance U.S. based manufacturers with digital tools and approaches to boost productivity. LMI joins the approximately 300 MxD connected partners from the commercial and academic sectors to address military system production challenges. Supply chain resiliency, digital engineering and cybersecurity are among the focus areas of the Chicago-based institute.

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July 3rd - MxD currently has two open project calls available. Find a synopsis and link to find out more for each below: 

1. Getting Started and Maximizing Your ROI from Digital Manufacturing as a Small Manufacturer 

Problem: There is a sustained effort among larger manufacturers to embrace digital manufacturing but there is still significant work to be done to accelerate the adoption of digital manufacturing among the supply base. Thus, there is a need for simple and practical resources that will help small and mid-sized manufacturers get started in this space and invest confidently to increase their sales, improve profitability and optimize their manufacturing operations. 

2. CMMC Readiness Assessment 

Problem: Manufacturers who are planning to renew or sign new contracts with the Department of Defense (DoD) will be expected to meet the latest cybersecurity requirement later this year. The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), unlike previous DoD cybersecurity requirements which allowed for self-attestation, will require validation and certification by accredited third-party assessors. Manufacturers who plan to conduct business with the DoD will need to familiarize themselves with the CMMC requirements and prepare to comply. 

**MxD announced it will join a new national project led seven other Midwest concentrated urban workforce development organizations. The groups, will strategize solutions to the U.S. manufacturing sector’s national recruitment challenges, deepen relationships between employers and communities, and develop credential-based training programs to forge a more racially inclusive future for manufacturing. Learn more about the cohort and MxD’s involvement here