UI LABS announced today that its two labs — the City Tech Collaborative and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a Manufacturing USA institute, — will stand as independent organizations, now that both have achieved strong momentum and robust fiscal health.
DMDII, which launched in 2014 with $80 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense, will now be called MxD, which stands for manufacturing times digital. It is backed by up to $60 million in defense funding over the next five years.
MxD’s mission is to drive the digital future of manufacturing, pioneering new technologies that make America’s industrial base and warfighters more resilient and agile.
“Because of their success to date, both labs are now ready to stand on their own and continue to drive change and impact in their respective industries,” said Caralynn Nowinski Collens, UI LABS’ CEO. “They are in very strong positions to fully take control of their own futures in these high-growth markets.”