Photos from the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)

On Thursday, UI Labs' Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), which serves as a test lab and project sponsor for new advanced manufacturing processes and technologies, announced it had been awarded $10 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense for this year, with an additional $20 million (at least) pledged over the next five years. At an event for the announcement at DMDII's facility in Chicago, Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Rep. Haley Stevens of Michigan (previously director of workforce development and manufacturing engagement at DMDII), and DMDII leadership all gave remarks about the crucial role that advanced manufacturing will play in the state's economic future as well in promoting national security, military readiness, and global economic competitiveness. In this gallery, Plant Services managing editor Christine LaFave Grace shares her photos from the event. (Also see Influential Women in Manufacturing's interview with Rep. Stevens.)