Fog/Mist
73°FFog/MistFull Forecast

New Illinois lab to link companies with research

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 12:00 p.m. CDT

CHAMPAIGN (AP) — The professor who's helping lead a new digital manufacturing lab planned for Chicago says the facility will mean 50 to 70 jobs for the city but a wealth of potential innovation for companies involved.

William King is an engineering professor at the University of Illinois. He will be the chief technical officer of the new Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute.

Big companies such as Caterpillar Inc. and Deere & Co. are part of it along with dozens of smaller firms.

King says the lab should become a link between research that often stays at universities and manufacturers large and small that can use it

Another institute in Detroit will focus on lightweight materials.

The institutes will get $70 million each in federal funding and millions more from outside sources.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

National video



Reader Poll

An 82-year-old Sterling man recently parachuted from a plane for the first time. Would you ever skydive?
Yes, I've never done it but would try it
Yes, I've already skydived and enjoy it
No, I've never done it and don't want to
No, I've done it and don't want to again