ETC DLA Project


  • To strengthen the domestic defense/DLA manufacturing supply chain
  • Demonstrating industry 4.0 technologies at the Excellence Training Center (ETC)
  • Building a foundry of the future and post processing lab
  • Performing additive metal research/using 3D printed sand molds in foundry
  • Assisting small to medium entities implement industry 4.0 technologies
  • Providing informational webinars
  • Providing workforce training at the ETC
  • Providing business case analysis

industry 4.0 technology

  • Robotics, Automation (Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
  • IT infrastructure (digital twin/digital thread)
  • Embedded Sensor Technologies
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • 3D printing hard and soft tooling
  • 3D printing sand molds
  • 3D printing metal research

Program manager Brian Schmidt and senior program engineer Ken Carson of NCDMM discussed the project with Jeff Stein of the Iowa Business Report in Waterloo on December 15, 2022

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Previous Workshop Webex Recordings 

Password for all recordings: 25WVkpB5w8j







Understanding and Responding to Federal Solicitations 

August 23, 2022

No recording available 




Aluminum Casting Defects: Root Cause Analysis & Corrective Action 

January 25, 2023

No recording available 










Interested in Working with Us?


If you are a small to medium size business and would like
more information on how to get involved please contact


Cynthia Manofsky