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Cleveland State University receives grant to expand additive manufacturing research

Cleveland State University's Washkewicz College of Engineering and Rapid Prototype + manufacturing (rp+m) have partnered in a workforce development effort, and received a $293,000 grant from the Ohio Board of Regents in support of the college's Workforce Development Equipment and Faculty Program in Additive Manufacturing.

Information released by Cleveland State and rp+m notes the growing technology in 3D printing and the increasing applications in a wide range of industries. The award will fund the purchase of electronic and polymer 3D printers, to be housed within the college's Additive Manufacturing Instructional and Training Laboratory. The educational, training and research outcomes from the laboratory will lead to the establishment of the Center for Innovative Manufacturing.

The Washkewicz College of Engineering will collaborate with rp+m, a leading additive manufacturing company, which will assist in developing the project. The college will also collaborate with MAGNET, the Ohio Aerospace Institute and regional manufacturing companies to offer professionals on-campus training, thereby expanding industry knowledge and activity within the field.

Access to the latest in 3D printer technology will enable faculty, students and local businesses to develop prototypes and products, while engaging in this new and growing manufacturing base.

"The Center for Innovative Manufacturing will provide a significant contribution to the regional economy by meeting the demands of an emerging industry," said Anette Karlsson, dean of the Washkewicz College of Engineering.

The college will work in partnership with Youngstown State University, Cuyahoga Community College and Lorain County Community College, offering students from each institution access to a unique educational environment designed to further their interest in the applications of additive manufacturing. 

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