Michigan Announces Innovation Center to Accelerate Manufacturing Across State

November 13, 2012. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) announced today that it has partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to establish the first innovation center in a national grid that will accelerate manufacturing in Michigan and across the country by providing easy access to digital modeling and simulation tools for businesses.

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Digital Manufacturing: Economic Windfall

April 2, 2012. Cloud computing is on track to create approximately 14 million jobs globally from 2011 – 2015. And digital manufacturing is not exempt from this prosperity! At least that is the story being told. But is it true?

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You Gotta Know When to Fold ‘Em- Gamification and HPC

November 3, 2011. Not long ago, a group of gamers did in ten days what a world’s worth of molecular biologists had been unable to accomplish in more than a decade: collaborating online with a video game called Foldit, they identified the unique structure of a retroviral protease that lurks in a virus found in Rhesus monkeys. The virus in question bears more than a small similarity to AIDS… and without the precise structure of this enzyme, scientists would have had essentially no chance of engineering a cure.

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The Innovative Manufacturer

October 5, 2011. Based on my years in the manufacturing industry, I can tell you that it will take more than just technology to bring manufacturing into the 21st century. It will take companies whose philosophy, business approach and culture are totally committed to innovation — to exploring all avenues associated with the latest advances in digital manufacturing, from the shop floor to the executive office.

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NCMS Continuing the Lightweight Design Challenge

Automotive manufacturers and their suppliers are pressing to innovate in order to increase vehicle fuel efficiency to meet federal CAFÉ guidelines by integrating lightweight materials into new vehicle designs. These lightweight materials pose unique challenges and opportunities that must be addressed. The solutions for some of these challenges may be found in other industries such as aerospace and defense or in new tools and processes.

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