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Center for Design Innovation receives $150,000 cyber-manufacturing grant, hosts Winston-Salem Chamber Tech Briefing

Winston-Salem, NC – October 23, 2015 – The National Science Foundation has awarded a $150,000 grant to the Center for Design Innovation to develop a platform that will aid designers involved in digital manufacturing. The public can learn more about this project at the Winston-Salem Chamber Tech Briefing to be held at CDI on Oct. 28.

The NSF-funded project will extend CONSTRUKTS, a mixed-reality electronic construction game developed by CDI Director Pamela L. Jennings, Ph.D., to become a design-build toolkit for processing intelligent information and improving the product flow required in advanced digital manufacturing.

Digital manufacturing refers to the lifecycle of product development using advanced technologies such as computer aided design and 3D printing. Design processes tend to begin with low-resolution prototypes that are used for discovery, discussion and decision-making. However, according to Jennings, there is disconnect in the process of translating low-resolution prototypes into a CAD model that is optimized for a more refined prototype output.

“In essence, the designer must completely re-design her work in programs such as AutoCAD Fusion 360,” Jennings said. “This project aims to resolve that disconnect.”

Jennings, who also holds professorships at Winston-Salem State University and UNC School of the Arts, plans to target this project toward students and professional designers who will benefit from tools that help to transform physical models into data for CAD. The project falls under Cultivating Future Innovators, one of CDI’s signature programs.

The CFI@CDI program bridges the region’s history in manufacturing with 21st century design thinking learning opportunities. From maker workshops to innovation forums to real-world projects, students, faculty and staff from local UNC campuses, private and community colleges and lifelong learners from the Piedmont Triad community have the opportunity to learn new skills, connect with thought leaders in design thinking and prototype new ideas for a brighter future.

Jennings will speak more about the project during next week’s Tech Briefing. Presented by the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, the 14th annual Tech Briefing will be held Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 8:00 a.m. at the Center for Design Innovation. Appealing to a broad audience, the event features ten presenters from biotechnology, digital manufacturing and information technology companies who each give brief introductions about their innovative technologies, designs and products. This informative and fast-moving event is free and open to the public. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

For more info or to register, visit the W-S Chamber event page…

For directions to the venue, visit About CDI…


About the Center for Design Innovation:

The Center for Design Innovation is a multi-campus research center of the University of North Carolina system. Part laboratory, part workshop and part convening space, the Center is a visual gateway to a newly emerging Winston-Salem and the greater Piedmont Triad Region. As a new kind of incubator engine powering people across a region long known for its innovations in manufacturing and the arts, the Center works broadly with academic, business and local community organizations along with its founding partners Winston-Salem State University, UNC School of the Arts and Forsyth Technical Community College.



Tech Briefing to be held Oct 28 at CDI

Presented by the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, the 14th Annual Tech Briefing will be held October 28 at 8:00 a.m. at the Center for Design Innovation.

This entertaining, informative, and fast-moving event is open to the public and appeals to a broad audience. (Note: this is not a dull science conference.)

The event features ten presenters who each speak for just five minutes about their innovative technologies, designs, and products.You will hear from biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and IT companies. These innovations are improving all our lives and they are being created here in our community. You will leave the Tech Briefing saying, “Wow! I had no idea things like that are happening right here in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County!”

This event is FREE to attend, but seating is limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

For more info or to register, visit the W-S Chamber event page…

For directions to the venue, visit About CDI…



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