The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board has awarded Iowa State University and the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) a $250,000 grant for a Digital Manufacturing Development Facility project at Iowa State. According to an IEDA release, the funding will help Iowa State/CIRAS address the current gap in small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies adopting new automation technology.
The flexible facility will offer Iowa manufacturing companies the opportunity to experience new digital manufacturing technologies, bring in their own equipment for trial product runs and experiment with advances data analysis tools.
The Strategic Infrastructure Program supports projects that develop foundational assets with a goal of providing a competitive advantage to the private sector or creating needed physical infrastructure in Iowa. Award recommendations for these funds are made by the Iowa Innovation Council to the IEDA board for approval.
Read the IEDA press release at iowaeconomicdevelopment.com