Chapter 21
NDEMC Midwest
Pilot in the United
States of America
Merle Giles and Cynthia McIntyre
e National Digital Engineering and Manufacturing Consortium
(NDEMC), a public–private partnership, was founded in 2010 by
three Midwest university supercomputer centers, four FORTUNE100
manufacturers, the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, and
the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. John Deere, General Electric
(GE), Lockheed Martin, and Procter & Gamble (P&G) each invested
$500,000 of cash and in-kind services, matched equally by the U.S.
Economic Development Administration (EDA). Small and medium
21.1 Introduction 285
21.2 NDEMC Case 1: John Deere and Adams ermal 287
21.3 NDEMC Case Study 2: John Deere and Rosenboom
Machineand Tool 291
21.4 NDEMC Lessons for John Deere 292
21.5 NDEMC Case 3: GE, ESI, and an Unnamed Supplier 293
21.6 NDEMC Case 4: Jeco Plastic Products, LLC 295
21.7 NDEMC Overall Lessons Learned 296
21.8 NDEMC Outcomes 298
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manufacturers (SMMs) were chosen by each original equipment
manufacturer (OEM) to participate in advanced digital modeling and
simulation at no cost. e pilot lasted approximately 30months.
Initially, two suppliers per OEM whose advanced modeling and
simulation capabilities ranged from none to modest were chosen. In
each case, these companies were using two-dimensional (2D) geometry
CAD (computer-aided design) packages, whereas some companies
were using 3D modeling applications on desktop computers. None
were using supercomputers. The difference between 2D and 3D can
be described as the comparison between a traditional blueprint and
a 3D rotating image of a part that fits in an assembly (as in the Iron
Man movies).
Advanced simulations explore structures using finite-
element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD), thermal
progression (such as molten steel as it cools), and other physical
domains, either separately or together. The most advanced simulations,
known as multiphysics simulations, analyze two or more physical
domains simultaneously.
e initial scope for NDEMC was to concentrate on 3D simulation
training that used well-known commercial o-the-shelf (COTS) codes.
OEMs ($2 million)
Deere & Company
General Electric
Lockheed Martin
Procter & Gamble
Solution Partners
NCSA (National Center for Supercomputing
Applications, University of Illinois at
OSC (Ohio Supercomputer Center, e Ohio
State University, Columbus, Indiana)
NCMS (National Center for Manufacturing
Sciences, Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Purdue University, Indiana
Non-Prot Fiduciary
U.S. Council on Competitiveness
Federal Government ($2 million)
Economic Development Administration
White House (Oce of Science and
Technology Policy, Federal CTO)
State Governments
State of Ohio ($1 million)
State of Indiana ($150,000)
Other Signees
NSF (National Science Foundation)
NSF (National Science Foundation)
DOE (Department of Energy)
NIST (National Institute of Standards
and Technology)
NASA (National Aeronautic and Space

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