Academic Digital Twin Event at DMDII

DMDII%20logo.pngThe Americas Academic team recently hosted a Digital Twin event. The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), is a world-class, first-of-its-kind manufacturing hub headquartered in Chicago. As a unique public-private partnership, DMDII has the capabilities, innovative spirit, and collaborative expertise to transform American manufacturing by ushering in the digital revolution.

The DMDII was established in 2014 as a partnership among industry, academia, government and nonprofit organizations. It is a state of the art digital manufacturing research and development center for the United States.


This event was attended by 15 academic institutions. The purpose of the meeting was to to get the concept of the Digital Twin so educators can consider how to better serve their students with new curricula. Siemens outlined its digital twin vision and the fundamental role that digitalization plays in Industry 4.0 and challenged universities to prepare graduates for this new environment. 

Guests were invited on a Digital Twin tour of interactive kiosks to learn the role Siemens tools play in the digital enterprise, from product design to production. Attendees saw how the digital thread throughout the entire process. Attendees were able to see how Siemens tools provide the required functionality to remove barriers and merge engineering disciplines that can connect operations from the shop floor to the enterprise level of a manufacturing organization. Attendees could also see an automation controlled conveyor system and virtual commissioning system. This provided a hands-on experience in bringing digital and real production together.


“The DMDII event was really terrific! It was incredibly helpful to see the Digital Thread end-to-end. First in software and then in a physical mock up. I saw several new technologies since the Institute is working with cutting edge smart factory equipment. I would love to get my undergraduate students to see it and I think they would get as excited about manufacturing as our Siemens tour guides were! The networking opportunities were awesome – it is great to talk curriculum and research with others from academia”, says Amy B. Mueller-Assistant Professor of Practice, Purdue University

“Thank you Siemens PLM for the invitation to the Academic Digital Twin/Digital Plant event at the DMDII.A lot of valuable information was presented, and the event was really enjoyable”, Robert Van Til, Ph.D., Chair & Pawley Professor of Lean Studies, Industrial & Systems Engineering Dept., Oakland University

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