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Case Study

rp+m Moves Research Activities to CWRU

Pictured (l to r): rp+m staff: Clark Patterson, Tony Hughes, CJ Valle, Craig Lewis

Rapid Prototype + Manufacturing (rp+m) has formally partnered with Case Western Reserve University to move its research and development arm to the university, joining forces with faculty researchers to develop new technologies in the growing additive manufacturing market, assist students in entrepreneurship and with research opportunities, and boost economic development in the region.

The Avon Lake-based business and Case Western Reserve have signed a memorandum of understanding to create the Additive Manufacturing Studio in think[box], the high-tech invention center on campus, this summer. rp+m employees work in the studio, where the company installed eight pieces of 3-D additive manufacturing equipment. The equipment tripled the number of 3-D printers in think[box] and increased the breadth of materials that can be used threefold, including bringing the first metal-printing machines to campus.

"We are very excited to help create the Additive Manufacturing Studio at think[box],” said Anthony Hughes, president and chief technology officer at rp+m. “This has been over a year in the making and another way in which we are broadening our partnership with Case Western Reserve University.” The collaboration, Hughes said, “is essential to rp+m’s business success."

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