DMC 2018


December 3 - December 6
All Day


Nashville, TN


The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) with America Makes Members will sponsor, exhibit, and participate on panel discussions at the Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC) 2018 being held December 3–6, 2018, at the Nashville Music City Center in Nashville, TN.

Look for NCDMM / America Makes at booth #524, directly across from The Hub Breaks. The DMC Conference will be conducted simultaneously with the Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Conference.

On Wednesday, December 5th, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mr. Ralph Resnick, NCDMM President & CEO, will participate in the NDIA MFG Division National Strategy Discussion, serving on a panel along with:

  • Douglas Woods, President, AMT—The Association for Manufacturing Technology and NCDMM Board of Director;
  • Thomas Kurfess, Ph.D., FSME, PE, Professor, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and NCDMM Board of Director;
  • Michael McGrath, D.Sc., Principal, McGrath Analytics Inc.; and
  • Megan Brewster, Ph.D., Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing, Local Motors.

Serving as the session chair is ANSER’s Scott Frost and the panel moderators include:

  • Michael Molnar, Director of the Office of Advanced Manufacturing (OAM) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and
  • Tracy Frost, Director, OSD ManTech; Director, DoD Manufacturing USA Institutes.

On Thursday, December 6th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Mr. Resnick will also participate in the Manufacturing & Quality Roundtable, moderated by Robert Gold, Director, Engineering Enterprise, within the Office of DASD(SE) (ODASD(SE)). The objective of this second annual roundtable is to enable people with experience and knowledge of the challenges for defense manufacturing, including quality, to discuss the issues, policies, practices, tools, and recommend changes.

Also participating in a panel discussion on Thursday is NCDMM’s Rob Gorham, America Makes Executive Director. Mr. Gorham will participate on the Establishment and Evolution of MFG Ecosystems under Department of Defense Innovation Institutes. He will serve on the MFG Institutes panel along with:

  • Johnnie DeLoach, Head, Materials Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division;
  • Dr. Andrew Doyd, AIM Photonics;
  • Anthony Holden, Deputy GPM – Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), U.S. Army AMRDEC;
  • Scott Miller, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Programs, NextFlex;
  • Gregory Hudas, Ph.D., DoD/OSD Program Manager, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM-MII).

Additionally, on Thursday, December 6th, representatives from the America Makes member community will also be presenting business case analysis and updates on projects related to the America Makes Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low-Cost Sustainment (MAMLS) Program, funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Technology Division:

  • From 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Principal Investigator Rich Lonardo of YBI and Jerry Thiel of the University of Northern Iowa will speak on the Existing and Novel Manufacturing Processes for Metal Casting using 3D Sand Printing.
  • From 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Ashley Totin of YBI will present a Business Case Study Comparing Additive to Conventional Manufacturing for Metal Parts.
  • Finally, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Brett Conner, Ph.D. of Youngstown State University will present a Case Study on Qualification Pathfinding.

On an America Makes workforce and education development front, Josh Cramer, the new America Makes Education & Workforce Director, will also participate on a panel on Wednesday, December 5th, at 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Developing an Advanced Manufacturing Workforce. Mr. Cramer will serve on the panel with:

  • Emily Stover DeRocco, CEO/Principal at E3 and Education & Workforce Director, LIFT;
  • Brynt Parmeter, Workforce Development Director,
  • NextFlex; Kevin McComber, Ph.D., Assistant Director, AIM Photonics Academy;
  • Joannie Harmon Heath, Workforce Manager, IACMI; with
  • Moderator Michael Britt-Crane, Education and Workforce Development Lead, OSD ManTech.

From America Makes member, the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), Lucinda Curry, Director of Workforce Development and Director of Apprenticeship Works, will participate in a panel on Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Manufacturing Institutes: A Collaborative Future in Advanced Manufacturing. Ms. Curry leads the Apprenticeship Works program, a joint partnership with America Makes, Tooling U-SME, the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers, and AST2. Recently, America Makes and RCBI were proud to announce that a key initiative under the Apprenticeship Works program, the first-ever, industry-vetted Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technician Registered Apprenticeship, was officially approved by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship (OA).

NCDMM, in partnership with the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), is sponsoring the luncheon speaker, Titan Gilroy, CEO of TITANS of CNC, an advanced production facility based in Rocklin, Calif. and a revolutionary online CNC Academy, on Tuesday, December 4th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

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