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  • Manufacturing Innovation Fund (MIF)
    Direct loans, grants, and programs to support an array of initiatives (incumbent worker training, equipment purchases, marketing/outreach, etc.)
  • Chief Manufacturing Officer
    Advocates and coordinates state and private-sector efforts – for existing and prospective employers – to promote growth in the state’s manufacturing sector
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  • Technology Scouting and Validation
  • Technology Demonstration & Adoption Workshops
  • Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing Solutions
  • Advanced Design, Automation & Metrology Solutions
  • Advanced Technical Training
  • Workforce Training and Career Readiness
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  • Assess and Plan
    Right and Ready Assessment
    Smart Industry Readiness Index (SIRI)
  • Educate and Train
    Webinars and Blogs supporting Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
  • Implement
    Technology Scouting
    Technology-Driven Market Intelligence
    Project Management Support
  • Sustain
    Business Process Improvement and Compliance Support
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  • Educate and Train
    Packaged incumbent worker training
    Employer-driven customized training
    Credit-bearing classes and degrees
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  • Research, Development, and Demonstration
    Focused on digital thread impacts to the product development lifecycle. Take a virtual tour at MxD’s Future Factory in Chicago.
  • National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing
    MxD Cyber Initiatives have a primary focus on our nation’s small and medium manufacturers.
  • Building Digital and Cybersecurity Workforce Initiatives
    The Digital Manufacturing and Design Jobs Taxonomy 
    The Hiring Guide for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing

Video Resources

  • MBD Introduction and Possibilities – Watch Video
  • MBD File Handling Tutorial – Creating, importing and validating MBD files in SolidWorks – Watch Video
  • Creation of CNC Toolpaths Using MBD in SolidWorks CAM – Watch Video 
  • Creation of Structured Light Inspection Program Using MBD in Geomagic Control XWatch Video
  • Automated First Article Inspection Report (FAIR) Generation Using MBD and Native CAD File Translation to STEP 242 and QIF Neutral – Watch Video
  • Automated CMM Programming in PC-DMIS Using MBDWatch Video
  • Benefits of MBD for CNC Programming in MastercamWatch Video
  • Closed Loop Manufacturing in SolidWorks CAD, CAM and CMM – Watch Video
  • Creation of QIF Dataset and Inspection Spreadsheet in MBDVidia – Watch Video
  • Evaluation of Quality Results in MBDVidia – Watch Video
  • TDP Creation in NX – Watch Video


  • CMM: Coordinate Measuring Machine, to measure the geometry of physical objects using various types of probes, used in inspection and quality control
  • CNC: Computerized Numerical Control, where programed software controls the movement of production equipment to create parts
  • CNM: Capability Network Maps are also called “Action Chain” graphics and provide a visual process of clustering and associating essential roles
  • DIB: Defense Industrial Base, the industries in a country that are important to produce military equipment
  • Digital thread: a seamless data flow which ensures that all the right information is available when and where it is needed
  • DMC: Defense Manufacturing Community
  • DMI: Digital Model Initiative, a project that outlines best practices and lessons-learned for small and medium-sized defense suppliers as they adopt Model-Based Definition (MBD)
  • DoD: Department of Defense
  • EBITDA: Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization, is a measure of a company’s overall financial performance
  • ERP: Enterprise Resource Planning provides high-level integration of data from many areas of a company, such as sales, supply chain operations, manufacturing, purchasing inventory, and more
  • EWI/VWI: Electronic Work Instructions refer to computerized visual tools to instruct shop floor workers to perform their jobs, Visual Work Instructions use graphics.
  • FAIR: First Article Inspection Report determines if the manufacturing process for a part is working correctly
  • GD&T: Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing defines and communicates engineering tolerances and relationships
  • Industry 4.0: the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which connects machines, people, and physical assets into an integrated digital ecosystem that seamlessly generates, analyzes and communicates data, and sometimes takes action based on that data without the need for human intervention
  • KPI: Key Performance Indicator
  • MBD: Model-Based Definition: an annotated 3D model which completely documents a part for manufacture
  • MES: Manufacturing Execution Systems track and document the transformation of raw materials to finished products
  • MIL-STD-31000: Military standard which describes the requirements for TDPs
  • MxD: Manufacturing times Digital is the national digital manufacturing and cybersecurity institute
  • NIST SP 800-171: National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-171, which lays out security requirements for defense contractors
  • OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturers
  • OLDCC: The DoD’s Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation
  • PLM: Product Lifecycle Management brings together all aspects of a product’s design, definition, quality control, manufacturing process planning, product configuration and change management to make a product that is profitable and lasts as long as there is consumer demand.
  • PMI: Product Manufacturing Information, used interchangeably in this document with MBD, as the notes and the model are both needed for production
  • SCM: Supply chain management
  • SIRI: Smart Industry Readiness Index, the world’s first independent digital maturity assessment for manufacturers
  • SMM: Small and Mid-size Manufacturers
  • TDP: Technical Data Package