The IN-MaC Center will grow in phases. The first year will focus on engaging academic and industry partners, developing collaborations that will position IN-MaC to compete for federal funding opportunities, and delivering workforce training and education programs. Second and third years will introduce manufacturing focused courses, concentrations, certificates, and minors for students; enhance workforce training programs; engage partners in collaborative projects; and work with the federal and state agencies on emerging clusters. The computational infrastructure for digital manufacturing will be functional during this phase. The core of the new facility is expected to be functional after the third year. By year four we expect the Center to:
- Partner with at least 5-6 large companies, 10-15 medium-scale companies, and 30-40 SMEs
- Impact at least 1,000 Indiana employees annually through training, certificate, and education programs
- Touch at least 2,000 Indiana students each year
- Create new product and process opportunities through at least 20 new industry-based projects annually, resulting in 3-4 patents and invention disclosures and 6-7 projects reaching Technology Readiness Level 5-6 level of maturity; serve as an incubator for 2-3 entrepreneurial ventures.
Housed in a new 80,000-100,000 ASF facility, the Center will create infrastructure to support advanced experimentation, measurement, high-performance computing, data analysis, and virtual-collaboration technologies through:
- A Living Laboratory that will be a dedicated high-bay space for manufacturing and systems research and development;
- A Digital Manufacturing Infrastructure that will give partners access to state-of-the-art design and evaluation capabilities for the entire product lifecycle, with a focus on a systems view of manufacturing enterprises;
- Product/Process Development Studios that will support industry-focused projects;
- Systems Research and Educational Facilities that will provide students and industry partners tools to design, model and analyze global supply chains, logistics, and service networks.
The state’s initial investment in IN-MaC will support the launch and growth of the programmatic initiatives and contribute to the creation of the home facility to support the education, tech transfer, and research efforts. The initial State investment in IN-MaC will be multiplied many times over through the federal government’s announced new $2 billion proposal for a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), which will create up to 15 manufacturing innovation institutes.