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“Chicago will be the epicenter of a manufacturing renaissance”

In 2012, the Department of Defense could not fill orders for 40,000 kinds of parts, because no one placed a bid.

Defense contractors balked because the parts the Pentagon wanted were too complex or needed in too small volumes to justify their development.

After the market failed, the DOD made it a priority to advance digital manufacturing technology enough to open up defense contracting to companies that normally serve the consumer or industrial markets…Please click here to read  Joseph S. Pete’s story in the Times.

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