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Design Mill, Inc. is focused on providing our DOD customers with program and engineering support in the areas of: 3D Modeling & Simulation, Virtual & Reverse Engineering, Interactive Training Development, Animations, Technical Data Packages, and Product Lifecycle Management.

The Design Mill team brings together a staff of talented engineers, program managers, graphic designers, computer programmers, animators and 3D design specialists. This teaming combination enables us to specialize in modeling and simulation and to provide our customers with cradle-to-grave design process optimization and support during all phases of a project’s life cycle.

Our team also includes members that understand the unique needs of the military and have a thorough understanding of information security, acquisition and the contracting process.


Design Mill, Inc. has been selected as a prime contractor under the U. S. Navy’s SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) Program.  The SeaPort-e Program makes electronic procurement of engineering, technical, and programmatic support a reality. The Navy’s Virtual System Command (VS) consisting of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Naval Supply Command (NAVSUP), and Space and Naval Warfare Command (SPAWAR) has leveraged the successes and efficiencies of the NAVSEA “SeaPort” business model to design “SeaPort-e” to be the vehicle of choice to obtain engineering, technical, and program management services from Design Mill, Inc. and our subcontractors.

Contract Number: N00178-10-D-5990

Customer Satisfaction POC: Nathan Greiner
info@designmillinc.com | 563-587-8778

Seaport Program Information POC:  Nathan Greiner
info@designmillinc.com | 563-587-8778

DMI has compiled a dynamic team of professionals to provide support to the Navy and Marine Corps under the SeaPort-e contract.  Our dedicated team will use our combination of experience and expertise to provide the best possible solutions to the Government at the best value.

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Design Mill, Inc., Inc. is committed to a high standard of excellence. As a result, the government and commercial customers we serve place their trust in Design Mill, Inc. to create exceptional systems and software for critical applications and perform outstanding services for their organizations. Design Mill, Inc. Management ascribes to this high standard of excellence by requiring a total quality commitment across all Design Mill, Inc. projects. Each employee and employee team is empowered to infuse quality in the products we deliver, integrity in the manner in which we conduct our business, and excellence in the services we provide to both internal and external customers.

Our quality objectives are to ensure that Design Mill, Inc. methods, practices, and tools.

• Produce on-time delivery of products and services.
• Proactively identify program findings and issues, and provide recommended solutions that facilitate customer action.
• Meet or exceed customer expectations.
• Support a program of continuous process improvement.


The Design Mill, Inc. QAP (Quality Assurance Plan) includes these key guiding elements:

• We will possess an overarching dedication to provide professional services that are recognized as the highest quality standards.
• The Quality Assurance Policy shall meet customer needs by continually improving services; thereby, assuring long-term prosperity as a business.
• Continuous improvement is essential to success. Never-ending improvement is fundamental to providing services that consistently satisfy our customers.
• Our customers are the focus of everything we do. Our long-term success depends on constantly providing services that are recognized as industry quality standards.

Using the latest engineering software and hardware, Design Mill has the ability to create accurate, detailed virtual prototypes of new or existing systems and run a variety of sophisticated engineering simulations of the digital prototypes. Using the models as digital test cases, Design Mill can significantly reduce the need for costly physical prototypes and testing. Design Mill integrates large quantities of data by harnessing existing customer data and project deliverables from the entire team to create a more robust design, helping to decrease critical time spent in the design phase.

Our 3D modelers build a complete library containing every component and element of the entire system. With this library we have the ability to place components in many different configurations allowing the ability to test and analyze each configuration, finding the optimum balance and placement of components in a system.

Our systems engineering staff is composed of Mechanical, Electrical, Software and Human Factors Engineers, along with 3D Designers/Modelers, Gaming and Graphical User Interface (GUI) Programmers, Animation Specialists, Web Developers and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). The benefits of using virtual engineering over traditional methods include:

• Improved conceptual design and design quality
• Lead to better technical decisions
• Easily incorporate late design changes
• Electrical and mechanical systems design
• Conduct Finite Element Analysis
• Conduct Human Factors Engineering
• Detect design problems earlier in the design cycle
• Provide design alternatives before project costs are committed
• Enable more effective internal design reviews
• Promote inter-departmental understanding earlier in the project cycle
• Allow non-technical personnel to gain a better understanding of design intent
• Visualize more ‘what-if’ scenarios during the design process
• Make modifications and improvements to existing systems

Reverse engineering is the process of using a specialized laser scanner to scan existing gear to supply the engineer with a digital representation of your part or system. Scanning equipment captures 3D positions of individual points on the equipment, a skilled 3D technician will use the points as a reference to develop a completed model that contains the proper shape and model tree that can be modified later if necessary.

• Capture the item’s precise dimensional data
• Scan all sizes from the truck to the bolts
• Reconstruct a physical object as a 3D model
• Use when missing or insuffi  cient design documentation
• With the new model we can create animations, conduct FEA, pull dimensions, or even print it using our rapid prototyping 3D printer

Human Factors Engineering (HFE) is the analysis and evaluation of human performance within the required environment, with an emphasis on human capabilities and limitations. Our Human Factors Engineers evaluate a project from conception through deployment, achieving working solutions to your Human Factors needs. When teamed with our modeling and animation engineers, real world solutions can be achieved quickly and efficiently with minimal expense ensuring people can use the system safely and efficiently.

Benefits include:

• HFE is a Department of Defense requirement
• Reduces human error
• Inputs can guide design decisions
• Identify problems of an existing system
• Adapt/design work stations to improve performance and safety
• Guide design decisions such as button layouts, display selections, and feature operations to generate an interface that is intuitive and easy to use

Types of design analyses capabilities include:

• User-centered Requirements Analysis
• Mission Analysis
• Task & Function Analysis
• Critical Task Analysis
• Workload Analysis
• Baseline Analysis

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) consists of a numerical simulation of a design that is analyzed in order to validate the design. Using FEA, the design is simulated under actual conditions to verify that the proposed design will perform to specifications before building costly prototypes.

Benefits include:

• Identifies a broad range of potential design problems
• Better insight into critical design parameters
• Evaluation of new design concepts and materials
• Identify critical design issues early in design cycle
• Solve difficult mechanical engineering analysis problems
• Substantially decreases time from concept to production

Types of design analyses capabilities include:

• Thermal
• Structural Stress
• Shock and Vibration
• Fatigue
• Electromagnetic

Interactive Multimedia Instruction (IMI)
Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETM)

Design Mill designs and develops high resolution 3D Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETM) and Interactive Multimedia Instruction (IMI). Our team of professionals integrates talent, technology, and creativity to stretch the boundaries of interactive training and technical manual development. We offer a tremendous amount of functionality without the need for expensive plug-ins.

We leverage all existing government furnished information and work closely with Subject Matter Experts to bring all system information together in one place. By doing this we are able to create a fully interactive complete package with intuitive drill downs on all systems, sub-systems and components. Our products include fully textured 3D rendered images, single and multi segment animations, and voice over audio with readable text. By engaging the student’s senses, we provide a more dynamic learning experience which helps increase student comprehension and retention.

• Course introduction with learning objectives
• Audio text narration (on/off toggle functionality)
• Audio sounds of equipment (buzzers, alerts, alarms)
• Pop-up: warnings, cautions and notes
• 3D animated instructional video
• Highlighting to draw user’s attention
• User manuals and technical documentation provided
• Comprehension Checks (knowledge / performance)
• Interactive practical application (connecting cables, programming frequencies, and keypad/menu)
• End of Lesson Quiz: Custom built database randomly selects questions from a question databank to generate tests, grade tests and tracks student progress
• MarineNet/SCORM requirements conformant
• Viewable through Internet Explorer

• 360 degree digital animation of the vehicles
• Interactive 3D models
• Full view shows animation of where radio is located in the vehicle
• Zoom feature allows you to zoom in on object and move it around the screen
• 3D views of cable layouts
• Interactive cabling lets you view the cable in 3D; mouse over cable and it highlights a pop-up shows item name; click on a cable and it opens a 2D drawing of the cable assembly
• User manuals / technical documentation provided
• Executable that works in Adobe Flash Player

We design and develop to customer specifications following industry standards and Department of Defense (DoD) and United States Marine Corps (USMC) requirements to include, but not limited to:

• Military Handbook 61A Confi guration Management Guidance
• TECOM College of Continuing Education Design and Development Standards
• MarineNet Courseware Development Technical Standards
• NMCI Core Build Contents
• MarineNet and SCORM conformant

• Allows user to interactively navigate through extensive amounts of information quickly and easily
• Access to information through organized hyperlinks
• Users have 24/7 remote access to technical information
• An interactive, hands-on experience gives the user a better understanding of the system
• Allows technical information to be delivered visually via 3D models
• Eliminates costs of paper distribution
• More effi cient than paper manuals
• More effi cient, cost-effective method to control, deliver and maintain data
• Reduces administrative costs
• Streamlines the training process
• Superb for enhancing formal training, refresher training, system upgrades and new equipment training.

Project Summary:  Assault Amphibian Vehicle Command Model 7A1 (AAVC7A1)

Design Mill, Inc. (DMI) supported the 3D laser scanning and modeling of the AAVC7 A1 for use in integration and testing. Using our advanced portable scanners, we were able to scan the AAVC7 A1 on location in Charleston, South Carolina.

Multiple 3D scans of the vehicle and required components were made of the interior and exterior. As the laser scanner is passed over the object, it captures data about the shape, measurements and texture of the object and outputs point cloud data sets. During scanning operations, our scan technicians ensured the highest quality videos and photographs were taken. We have a systematic approach to catalogue all scanned data along with the pictures and videos captured into a complete system library that will be utilized during the 3D modeling process.

Our 3D modeling technicians exported the scanned data sets to CAD software, using the photographs and videos as reference we were able to quickly reproduce complete and accurate 3D models of the vehicle and its components.

Uses for the scan data, models and animations include:
• Reverse Engineering – Design and locate brackets, mounts and components utilized in the interior.
• Finite Element Analysis – Shock and vibration testing on interior mounts.
• Human Factors Engineering – Determine the placement of components such as seats, communications equipment and workstation elements to ensure Marines could use the equipment safely and effectively.
• Technical Drawing – Drawing views from our Pro/Engineer models were used to create technical drawing packages.
• Interactive 3D PDF – PDF fi le that lets you interact with the model.
• Interactive Electronic Technical Manual (IETM) development

The models and animations we created were incorporated into VENOM™(Virtually Enhanced Next-Generation Optimized Model). VENOM™ is an IETM developed by DMI and is currently being delivered to SPAWAR as a standalone product. VENOM™ allows the user to select a 3D vehicle and then drill down to the component level to access the support documentation for the associated item. VENOM™ features include:
• 360 degree digital animation of the vehicles
• Fly through Animations
• Interactive 3D Models
• Interactive Cabling Diagrams
• 3D Views of Cable Layouts
• User manuals / technical documentation / training guides provided

Additional support is being provided to the Assault Amphibian Schools Battalion in Camp Pendleton, California through scanning and modeling of the AAVP7A1 for use in training applications.
The hull configuration for the AAV Family of Vehicles (FOV) is the same, so we were able to reuse the exterior scan data sets and models from the C7A1 for the P7A1. The interior of the P7A1 was scanned on location in Camp Pendleton, California. Using the P7A1, parts and components provided by the AAV school house, DMI scanned and modeled the majority of removable components.
The resulting models and animations we created were used as training aids in the formal school house. Using provided lesson plans and specific requests from the school house, DMI has also created an Interactive Multimedia Instruction (IMI) for the AAVP7A1.

The IMI features include:
• Realistic 3D rendered models that show actual detail and functionality
• Instructional Animations
• Vehicle Animations
• Interactive Procedural Frames
• Interactive Practical Applications
• Audio Text Narration
• Comprehension Checks
• Web accessible, making it available to the entire AAV user community

The IMI was developed to customer specifications following industry standards and Department of Defense (DoD) and United States Marine Corps (USMC) requirements to include, but not limited to:
• Military Handbook 61A Confi guration Management Guidance
• TECOM College of Continuing Education (CCE) Design and Development Standards (DDSv.2)
• MarineNet Courseware Development Technical Standards
• SCORM compliant

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