Last year, Lockheed Martin was awarded a project by Chicago’s Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) to launch the PCB industry into the digital age.
DMDII is a collaborative innovation center where manufacturers go to forge their digital futures. DMDII equips U.S. factories with the digital tools and expertise they need to begin building every part better than the last. As a result, our more than 300 partners increase their productivity and win more business. Digital engineering and manufacturing processes span across the PCB design and supply change companies. The Institute helps companies like Lockheed Martin pair up with the interdisciplinary, multi-domain teams that are needed to develop and test solutions. In this case, Lockheed Martin partnered with several organizations with touchpoints throughout the PCB lifecycle, including ZukenUSA, Fujitsu, Sanmina, Siemens, IPC and Rochester Institute of Technology to demonstrate how the use of a single compatible file type streamlining the complicated and manual process of information sharing between PCB designers and PCB manufacturers.