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Digital Manufacturing Challenge 2021
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The global coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 brought with it a variety of public health challenges and economic consequences at a scale, scope, and pace not experienced in many decades. 3D Printing and additive manufacturing were called upon to help quickly fill inventory and supply shortages of medical equipment from basic personal protective equipment to more sophisticated respirators and ventilators. This rapid and focused response by the manufacturing sector and the additive manufacturing community was integral to a variety of other essential critical infrastructure sectors and their workers, and was vital to slowing the spread and mitigating the many adverse consequences of the virus – saving many lives.

The imperatives of exponential growth exhibited by the coronavirus pandemic challenge us to think beyond reactive and proactive to execute predictively by employing system-level tools such as big data and infrastructure modeling to anticipate and coordinate in real time with and among all involved and affected communities. Given the lessons continuing to be learned, the 2021 Digital Manufacturing Challenge is a call for action to inspire the next generation of engineers to re-think ways to design, create, and utilize infrastructure-level systems that deploy engineering design and manufacturing solutions to strengthen infrastructure in the response, mitigation and/or prevention of such disruptive and devastating events and envision an optimistic view of healthy, robust, sustainable, smart, agile, peaceful communities.

The tools of digital manufacturing are many, varied, and powerful. They span the nano to the giga scales transforming our world with data and engineering solutions that meet the needs of both the few and the many – often on demand.

Increasing interoperability, shorter product lifecycles, and the ability to simplify or integrate features and functions while simultaneously reducing size, weight, part count, and the need for rapid deployment are all providing opportunities to demonstrate both the capabilities and possibilities of digital manufacturing.
Date & Time
Monday March 8th, 2021 12:00am EST
End Date & Time
Monday March 8th, 2021 12:00am EST
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Date & Time: 03/08/2021 12:00:00 AM EST