Who We Are
The RPMI started in 1995 with a small group of faculty, industry and government representatives sharing ideas for addressing specific needs in manufacturing education.  From that exchange, constituents made dollar and time commitments to the creation and growth of the RPMI.  In our founding charter, we set down clear objectives and important guidelines for our operations and have remained true to those principles as we’ve grown.  From the solid foundation we have established, the RPMI is making tremendous progress in leading the way into RP&M's future.  Important changes are occurring within the RPMI and in the broader RP&M industry.  In this report, we describe our accomplishments over the past year, and report on our plans for the future in light of these changes.

Mission Statement & Vision

Mission Statement

To develop and deploy rapid prototyping and manufacturing technologies and applications through education, research and service. 

The RPMI Vision 
Our vision of RP&M's future includes a world where layer-based, additive fabrication technologies (e.g., rapid prototyping) are recognized as production manufacturing technologies.  We want to leverage the unique capabilities of these additive fabrication technologies to produce unique geometries and material structures. 

  • To be an internationally recognized center for RP research and education excellence. 
  • To provide a unique resource to students, manufacturers, and RP vendors - allowing all parties to prosper as RP grows as a fundamental design, manufacturing, and marketing tool.
  • To folster the growth of intellectual capital among all RPMI stakeholders.
  • To maintain an open facility for all RPMI partners equipped with technologies representing the current state of  the art in RP. 

We have specific activities in research, education, and service, with a focus on the following areas:
  • Rapid Tooling
  • Rapid Inspection and Computer-Aided Verification
  • RP&M within Product Realization
  • Design for Additive Fabrication
  • Fabrication of Large Structures
  • Fabrication of Small Devices in Metals, Ceramics, and Polymers
  • Other Projects (like Machining of Non-Traditional Materials for Rapid Tooling)

How to Get Involved
You can join as a member, as an affiliate, or just do business with us.

RPMI Membership

·       Tax deductible Gift - $25,000 cash or $50,000 in-kind.

·       Committee membership – guide the strategic direction of RPMI

·       Statement of opportunity – input to research portfolio

·       Access to research results as published in meeting binders.


·       Personal introductions to leaders, managers and researchers in areas of cross-over interest.

·       Special restricted area of Web Site with more complete access to research results.

·       Yearly resume pack of pending graduates.

RPMI Affiliation Program

·       Non-gift

·       The Affiliate defines short-term projects drawing from a bank of “Research Hours” and “Equipment Hours.” 

·       Invitation to all RPMI meetings.

·       Access to research results as published in meeting binders.

Senior Affiliate  $18,000.

·         80 Research hours

·       160 Equipment hours


Affiliate     $10,000

·       40 Research hours

·       80 Machine hours


Value Proposition for RPMI Membership

Every business has three types of risk: capital risk, time risk, and intellectual risk.  RPMI members attenuate these risks by using our expertise, hands-on experience, and state-of-the-art infrastructure.  This opportunity is available to any company permitted to do business in the U.S.

Capital Risk

·       Institute Partners participate in a diverse portfolio of projects.  A strategy of diversification creates a greater probability of a positive overall return while lowering the degree of risk.

·       An Affiliate can evaluate RP&M techniques, bottom line impact, and return-on-investment before committing capital or modifying procedures and equipment.

  • There is approximately a 40:1 leverage of a member’s annual dues to the RPMI budget.

Time Risk

  • Institute Partners set the research portfolio.  The results being achieved today spring from research that was started several years ago. 
  • An Affiliate can access the technical expertise of the RPMI and have a solution in place quickly.  The Affiliate can widen its competitive advantage, or narrow a competitor’s, very quickly.

Intellectual Risk

  • The RPMI has access to a significant skill base.  There are a dozen faculty and twenty graduate researchers associated with the RPMI at Georgia Institute of Technology.  Georgia Tech’s graduate engineering programs consistently achieve a top five ranking in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey.

Who can become a member?

This opportunity is available to any company permitted to do business in the U.S.

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