Cleveland has a history of industrial manufacturing. The city experienced massive growth between the late 1800s and early 1900s, which came to a disparaging halt around 1930. It’s hard to believe that at one point in time Cleveland was second only to Detroit among American cities with workers employed in manufacturing.
Fast-forward to today and you see that Cleveland is a city that won’t give up; not in regards to sports, education or business. In an earlier blog post, we explained why manufacturing success depends on technology and education. Here are two examples of this happening in Cleveland today:
Case Western Reserve and Rapid Prototype + Manufacturing
“Beyond gaining infrastructure and support that we couldn’t on our own, their [rp+m] staff and our students will be working side-by-side—our students will collaborate and be engaged in real-world learning.” – Bud Baeslack, CWRU provost
Case Western Reserve University’s School of Engineering is partnering with local 3D printing company Rapid Prototype + Manufacturing. The company is moving its R&D lab on-campus to collaborate with students and faculty.
Eight pieces of 3D additive manufacturing equipment will be installed – tripling the current number of 3D printers in Case’s think[box] and bringing the first metal-printing machines to campus.
Employees will work with students not only on technologies but also in helping them with entrepreneurship & research opportunities.
LaunchHouse Accelerator (LHX)
“LaunchHouse aims to bridge the gap between technology and manufacturing…LHX will be the first accelerator in the state of Ohio to focus on hardware/robotics and technologies that support the user interface.” – LaunchHouse
Ten startup teams will receive $20,000 to go through a four-month program that includes programming, development and both informal & formal demonstration days. The goal is to "accelerate" these startups to the market in 90 days.
LHX is partnering with the CSU Monte Ajuha College of Business, Jumpstart, NorTech, Ohio Third Frontier and NASA. The LHX program covers:
- Customer development
- Design for manufacturing
- Supply chain strategy
Applications for the accelerator are open until July 12, 2014.