“Made in the Stateline: EIGERlab”

“Made in the Stateline: EIGERlab”

ROCKFORD – Getting a business off the ground can be a challenge, but keeping one going is sometimes just as tough.

To survive, businesses need a competitive edge.  Sometimes that means developing a new product.  Other times, it’s improving the products companies have or the process used to make those products.  That’s where digital manufacturing comes in.

“Digital manufacturing isn’t scary,” said Federico Sciammarella, the interim Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Dept. Account disabled by server administrator at Northern Illinois University.  “Even a small business can benefit from how to simulate a process of theirs virtually, so they can understand where they might have bottlenecks, where they might run into problems, or how to optimize a process.”

Digital manufacturing can involve creating a process or simulating making a product to efficiently and inexpensively coming up with a prototype before making the real thing.  In the long run, that can save time and money.  It’s one of the reasons NIU EIGERlab in Rockford picked the topic for EIGERlab’s “Monthly Meetup.”