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June 5, 2014

Engineering College awarded state grant

By Dan Levindofske

The Washkewicz College of Engineering at Cleveland State University was awarded a state grant for the workforce development equipment and additive manufacturing facility program. The $293,500 grant was given to the college by Ohio Board of Regents.
Photo by Timothy Simko

The grant will fund the purchase of 3-D printers for the college of engineering. Access to up-to-date 3-D printers will allow students, faculty and local businesses to create both prototypes and products.

The use of 3-D printers is becoming increasingly prevalent in many fields, including aerospace, automotive, biomedical, defense and materials manufacturing.
The outcomes of the project will result in the formation of the Center of Innovative Manufacturing.

“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 of engineering is partnering with Youngstown State University, Cuyahoga Community College and Lorain County Community College to offer students an opportunity for a different learning environment designed to further their interest in additive manufacturing.

The Washkewicz College of Engineering is also teaming up with rapid prototype + manufacturing (rp+m), one of the leading companies in additive manufacturing. The company will aid in the development of this project.

The college of engineering will also partner with Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) and the Ohio Aerospace Institute, as well as a handful of additive manufacturing companies. This will provide professionals with on-campus training in order to further knowledge of the emerging field and offer students a chance to gain experience within the field.