- Definition and description of the fundamental building blocks needed to implement an ICME-accelerated product development program in the near-term for the automotive, aerospace, and maritime sectors, but portable to other industries as well.
- Frameworks that include flow diagrams and extensive tables detailing: necessary actions throughout the product development cycle; entry and exit points of the ICME portions of the cycle; suggestions for computational models and tools to use at various steps; necessary skill sets and personnel; and key decision points.
- In-depth recommendations for addressing ICME implementation issues that cut across all industrial sectors. These include building a business case for ICME, effectively integrating design into the manufacturing and materials development process, and issues related to verification and validation.
- Identification of more than 50 near-term application opportunities for implementing ICME in the aerospace, automotive, and maritime industries.
This study was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Air Force Research Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy—Vehicle Technologies Office), and the U.S. National Science Foundation (Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation) under a grant to The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society (TMS).