Blairsville, Pa. — October 3, 2018. The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) proudly announces the V4 Institute (V4I), an industry-led consortium with the mission of providing advanced assurance in product development and manufacturing through virtual verification, validation, and visualization. Specifically, V4I delivers value-driven computation modeling and simulation solutions for research and development (R&D) of product and processes to advance cross-industry innovation and support the digital thread.
“We established the V4 Institute in an effort to help manufacturers alleviate the burden of proof that comes with any new product design,” said Ralph Resnick, NCDMM President and Chief Executive Officer and America Makes Founding Director. “To date, a tremendous amount of physical testing is required to validate new designs. Moreover, for manufacturers, the physical testing process is expensive, tedious, and slow.
“With the creation of the V4 Institute, our goal is to arrive at a point in which rigorous research, engineering principles, and scientific and mathematical data all merge together to significantly increase the impact of current physical testing and even reduce the necessity of physical testing to meet the burden of proof,” continued Mr. Resnick. “By increasing the scientific use, reliability, and trustworthiness of virtual testing to reduce cost and time to market, NCDMM believes that V4I will help companies gain a substantial return on their R&D investments. Ultimately, V4I will serve as the trusted accelerator for new product system and service realization within the manufacturing industry and beyond.”
Similar to the public-private model NCDMM helped to pioneer with America Makes, the national additive manufacturing accelerator and the flagship Institute for the Manufacturing USA network, V4I is also comprised of industry, academia, and government partners. While V4I is not formally part of the Manufacturing USA network, V4I directly supports the network’s mission of securing the future of U.S. manufacturing through innovation, education, and collaboration.
Membership in V4I is open to all U.S. industrial organizations, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies interested in furthering computational modeling and simulation technology and education. V4I offers three levels of membership—Silver, Gold, and Platinum with each membership tier featuring invaluable benefits.
“Using the America Makes membership model as a basis, we are successfully fostering and developing an expansive and diverse V4I membership community,” said Gary Fleegle, NCDMM Chief Operating Officer. “As such, we are extending the reach, and the subsequent impact, of the collaborative efforts within the V4I community to advance the product and services supply chain—digitally integrated through virtual verification, validation, and visualization—and to accurately demonstrate the acceptability of new products through quality by design.”
For more information about NCDMM’s new V4 Institute or how to become a member, visit v4i.us.
NCDMM delivers innovative and collaborative manufacturing solutions that enhance our nation’s workforce and economic competitiveness. NCDMM has extensive knowledge and depth in manufacturing areas—both commercial and defense—continually innovate, improve, and advance manufacturing technologies and methodologies. Our experienced team specializes in identifying the needs, the players, the technologies, and processes to attain optimal solutions for our customers. We connect the dots. That’s the NCDMM methodology. NCDMM also manages the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3DP printing (3DP), America Makes and the V4 Institute. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at ncdmm.org.
About the V4 Institute
V4 Institute provides advanced assurance in product development and manufacturing through virtual verification, validation, and visualization. V4I delivers value-driven computation modeling and simulation solutions for research and development (R&D) of product and processes to advance cross-industry innovation and support the digital thread. V4I is managed and operated by the NCDMM. For additional information, visit V4I at v4i.us.
About America Makes
America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first Institute within the Manufacturing USA infrastructure and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information about America Makes, visit americamakes.us.