April 23-26, 2018 | Fort Worth Convention Center | Fort Worth, TX | Exhibits April 24-26


The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) is an established non-profit committed to working with world-class organizations with state-of-the-art technologies who are looking to innovate with reduced risk and create technologies quickly and economically at the highest quality. Dedicated to strengthening the U.S. manufacturing industry, we nurture professional relationships and business opportunities, drive cutting-edge research and development, and leverage business intelligence from a technical perspective. Pulling together public and private sectors to drive technology innovation through collaborative development is at the heart of what NCMS does every day. Its record proves this with over $1.2 billion in project funding on 350 projects. Through NCMS, companies of all sizes can address technology requirements that one company alone could not solve. NCMS helps bridge the “valley-of-death” innovation gap, thus accelerating the pace of innovation and technology transition.

NCMS provides a protected environment where competitors and partners work collaboratively to share proprietary information and best practices for the benefit of all. Working closely with government partners, leading OEMs, small and medium-sized manufacturers, and academic institutions, NCMS serves as a neutral third party to leverage cross-industry networks to work together to accomplish targeted research and development goals. Using a multitude of contract vehicles, we work with: OEMs searching for smaller companies with revolutionary technologies; small and medium-sized companies with innovations and technologies searching for partners; colleges and universities looking to commercialize their technologies, and a variety of federal agencies, labs, and private partners interested in funding technology development.

Our collaborative model leverages cross-industry expertise that creates a climate for success. NCMS’ primary objective is to meet the program needs of our members and partners to facilitate the technology transfer and deployment into commercialization and implementation.

Partners on our 350 projects include 450 companies ranging from the largest OEMs to mostly small to medium-sized companies. Funding partners include the Depts. Of Defense, Energy, Transportation, Commerce, NASA and EPA. Our contract vehicles include a Cooperative Agreement (CA) and Other Transaction Administrator (OTA) with the Dept. of Defense, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) with the Dept. of Transportation, grants with the Dept. of Energy, Commerce, NASA and EPA. Industry sectors focus on aerospace and defense, automation, robotics, additive manufacturing, and digital manufacturing.