The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) based in Ann Arbor and Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Southfield have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to make digital manufacturing technology more accessible for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs). The MOU was signed on Oct. 10 by NCMS President Rick Jarman and LTU President Virinder Moudgil.
Under the terms of the MOU, the university intends to host a 1,200-square-foot office facility that will provide SMMs with collaborative access to software, hardware and training associated with digital manufacturing and modeling, simulation and visualization technology.
The facility is scheduled to open in LTU’s General Services Building at 21301 Civic Center Drive in Southfield during the first quarter of 2014.
NCMS and LTU have already begun to work together to address the needs of SMMs who are missing out on the benefits of digital manufacturing tools – specifically advanced modeling, simulation and analysis using high-performance computing systems.
NCMS and LTU have agreed to work together to assist SMMs in adoption and integration of software and hardware tools and resources so that they can become more globally competitive.