Miami shares USD 1M grant through RAPIDS

New research on additive manufacturing (3D printing) is progressing via a grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Miami University, as a member of the Southwest Ohio Regional Consortia, is sharing a USD 1M grant through the RAPIDS (Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills) program.

Representatives of Miami and its collaborators shared a dais with Ohio Chancellor of Higher Education John Carey Monday at an event at Miami’s Voice of America Learning Centre to share news of the grant.

The RAPIDS project will expand training opportunities in AM, with a focus on the high-growth biohealth industry. “Creating a “local supply base of smart, sophisticated AM” in the region “plays to Ohio’s sweet spot,” said Gary Conley, president of TechSolve, one of the RAPIDS partners. “This is a critical time and the right place to leverage this technology. It’s of enormous benefit to manufacturing.”

Benefits to Miami include expanded technical training in AM applications for engineering students on the Oxford and regional campuses. In addition, the equipment will be used by Miami engineering faculty to create new products that Miami nursing faculty will use to enhance training for nurses and other biohealth workers.

Regional campus partners will be led by Ayodele Abatan, professor and chair, engineering technology. Jim Oris, associate provost and chair in academic affairs, coordinated the consortium submission.