Spotlight On: The Rapid Product and Process Development Center
Students and faculty alike enjoy making use of the Rapid Product and Process Development Center (RPD) for a wide variety of purposes, both educational and research oriented. According to the main founder of the lab, Manufacturing Engineering professor Dr. Bahram Asiabanpour, the intention of the lab is for the “development of mechanical and electromechanical systems for industry and fabrication” to assist in creating prototypes. In order to assist in the attainment of this goal, the lab offers a hearty choice of hardware and software from which to choose.
The RPD lab is home to one Wardjet water cutter, Bridgeport and HAAS CNC mill and Lathe machines, a PlasmaCAM CNC cutter, a Zcorp rapid prototyping machine, among many other types of equipment. The most up-to-date software can be found in this lab: Mastercam (CAD/CAM), Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD, E-Factory (CAD and Solid Modeling), Ansys and ProE (CAD/CAE), FDFF, Zedit, Zprint, IGEMS, and Plasmacam (for rapid prototyping and water cutting).
This lab opens wide the doors of opportunity for students and faculty to engage in hands-on multidisciplinary projects, better preparing students for industry. Training students to become comfortable using real-world tools and software for modeling, fabricating, and analysis is key for future success.
The RPD lab is located on the first floor of the Roy F. Mitte building in room 1235.