The new system, alongside the traditional manufacturing equipment, will position RIT's Earl W. Brinkman Machine Tools and Manufacturing Laboratory at the cutting edge in the research, development and production of conductive inks, printed sensors and related technologies. The lab could play a key role in the region's economic development, which has a significant employment base in advanced manufacturing.
"We have the infrastructure here," says Denis Cormier, the Earl W. Brinkman Professor in RIT's industrial and systems engineering department. "In this region alone we have a variety of companies that make printing or deposition equipment, companies that make nano-inks for printing and another group of companies that use the printers and inks for applications. The region has a lot to offer, and we have the opportunity to transform the manufacturing industry." Cormier is one of the premier researchers in the area of advanced printing devices and technologies.
With a $599,390 grant from the National Science Foundation, Cormier has also established a "Partnership for Innovation in Printed Devices and Materials," which includes Rochester-based Intrinsiq Materials, located in the Eastman Business Park, as well as NovaCentrix and Optomec, national companies that manufacture the equipment necessary to engage in the emerging fields of printing/deposition, nano-inks and print applications. RIT partners include Cormier, David Borkholder, Marcos Esterman and Harvey Palmer, all in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering; Christopher Collison and James Ferwerda, College of Science; and Scott Williams, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.
"The partnership between Intrinsiq Materials and RIT's Brinkman Lab is precisely the kind of academic-private sector collaboration that will re-fire upstate's innovative creativity and entreprenuerial activity," says New Yor
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