August 30-31: CCAM Research Days


CCAM is pleased to welcome you to an in-person event to explore Digital Thread technology with demonstrations and workshops.

Below is a list of all event activities. Registration has ended please contact with any questions.

It is our honor to present Don Kinard, Ph.D. as our key note speaker for this event.

Day 1: 
Tuesday, August 30th 8:30am-6:30pm
Theme: Digital Technology to Impact Smart Manufacturing
Location: CCAM: 5520 W Quaker Rd, Disputanta, VA 23842

Join discussions and demonstrations on digital thread technologies to solve manufacturing challenges and build process intelligence. Learn about cutting-edge research that impacts supply chain, sustainment, and distributed manufacturing across industries.

Day 1 Agenda:
8:30am-12:00pm: Opportunities & challenges in digital technology

  • Keynote: Don Kinard, Ph.D. Senior Fellow for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Production Operations. Topic “The Digital T’s – Threads, Twins, Technology, and Transformation”

Dr. Don Kinard is a Senior Fellow for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Production Operations and has been with LM for 36 years. Don supports Digital Transformation as well as programs such as F-35. Prior to his current assignment he was lead for F-35 production rate transition and earlier the Director of F-35 Production Engineering responsible for Joint Strike Fighter Tooling, Planning, Manufacturing Engineering, and Aircraft Systems Testing. Before joining F-35 in 2004 Dr. Kinard held various positions in both Engineering and Manufacturing during his 18 years on the F-22. Don is the lead for the LM Corporate Strategic Technology Advisory program for Advanced Manufacturing as well as the Manufacturing Fellow’s team whose objectives are to develop and share engineering, manufacturing, and sustainment technologies throughout all of the LM business units. His technical interests include materials and structures, digital thread/twin integration, digital transformation, Industry 4.0, manufacturing technology, manufacturing system design, and production management.


  • Digital thread and additive manufacturing for sustainment
  • Accelerated development and qualification of new materials and processes
  • Flexible and Distributed Manufacturing
  • Digital Thread Challenges for the Supply Chain

12:00pm-12:45pm: Catered Lunch with Poster Session featuring research projects from CCAM’s university partners

12:45pm-2:20pm: Industries and applications in digitally-led manufacturing presentations with:

  • Hypersonics & defense: Accelerated product, process & material development
  • Aerospace: Digital Thread for Quality
  • Medical devices: Intelligent AM Materials & Process Development
  • Agriculture: Intelligent Controlled Environment Agriculture

2:30pm-4:00pm: New Technologies & Developments Demonstrations in High Bay and Labs on:

  • Real-time in-process monitoring & feedback control
  • Integration and in-process monitoring to support process/material development
  • Automated tool wear monitoring
  • Correlation of in-process & quality data
  • Scanning methods for in-process adaptation
  • Tele-operated robotics
  • Accelerating adoption of new NDE methods
  • Digital thread for additive manufacturing
  • Flexible & distributed manufacturing
  • Intuitive robot programming

4:00pm-5:00pm: Education & Workforce Development

  • Mobile Technology Insertion Program (MTIP) with GENEDGE
  • Central Virginia Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) chapter

5:00pm-6:30pm: Evening Networking Reception catered with heavy horsd’oeuvres, local libations, and Posters featuring research projects from CCAM’s university partners


Day 2: 
Wednesday, August 31st 8:30am-2:30pm
Theme: Digital Thread Workshops
Location: CCAM: 5520 W Quaker Rd, Disputanta, VA 23842

8:30am-10:00am: Workshop 1: Integration of Adaptive Processing in Complex Regulated Industries:

  • Identifying use case that would benefit from adaptive processing to drive the development and demonstration of supporting technologies
  • Determination of current barriers to leveraging adaptive processing and the relevant [external] stakeholders who will be key in generating standards/authorizing production changes e.g. FAA
  • Use of digital thread to generate holistic work records for adapted components

10:00am- 11:00am: Workshop 2: Implementation of Flexible Manufacturing Through Process Intelligence

  • Step-to-Step Adaption of Manufacturing Sequences
  • Process Intelligence Tools to Enhance Quality
  • Accelerated Process Qualification Using Digital Thread

11:00am- 12:00pm: Workshop 3: Development of Real-Time Process Control Correlated to Quality

  • Leveraging Digital Factory for process and material development
  • Real-time, image/video-based process monitoring and control
  • Translation to other advanced manufacturing processes

12:00pm-1:00pm: Catered Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm: Workshop 4: Collaborative federal funding opportunities

2:30pm-5:00pm: Member Only Meetings:

  • Industry Operations Board
  • Technical Advisory Council
  • Working Groups


* Pre-Event Kick Off:
Monday August 29th 5:45pm-6:45pm
Location: Historic St John’s Church: 2401 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23223

Please join us for an evening event that is unique and special to Central Virginia. Historic St. John’s Episcopal Church on Church Hill in Richmond is the site of the world-famous Patrick Henry “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech in March 1775 that preceded the American Revolution.

CCAM will host a private re-enactment of this event, with actors from the St. John’s Foundation portraying key figures from that era, including Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and Colonel George Washington. If you haven’t been before, it’s an exciting and fun time. With our CCAM Team, our Board of Directors, members, and guests in the room, it should be very special.

Registration has ended please contact with any questions.

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