The Rapid Prototyping Center (RPC) is a powerful ally that helps businesses achieve prototype quickly and take products to market faster. This joint effort of industry, government and MSOE is dedicated to the application of proven technologies to novel challenges.


Companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Harley-Davidson, Bombardier Recreational Products, Ecolab, Trane Co., Oshkosh Truck and HUSCO International have already taken advantage of the multiple additive manufacturing solutions offered by RPC. With state of the art 3-D scanning technology and all five commercially available rapid prototyping systems, RPC can reduce the time and cost of industrial products ranging from functional models to full-scale production.


RPC’s research wing RP-Research, compliments and advances RPC’s core mission. RP-research continues to make leaps and bounds in the realm of research in additive technologies and hybrid fabrication for medical, aerospace, fluid power, metal fabrication, nano-tech, and bio-tech applications. Product designs emerging from RP-research are in use around the world. Structures and processes developed in the RP-Research laboratory extend the realm of what is possible in rapid prototyping. Connect with RPC to learn more about this research powerhouse. 

If you are looking to pursue a career in hydraulic system sales, design, or modeling and supervising system operation, it is vital to get a hydraulics certification. The International Fluid Power Society is the only organization that provides comprehensive technical certification offerings for all professionals in the fluid power and motion control industry. IFPS certification tests provide an objective, third-party assessment of an individual’s skill level and are recognized industry-wide. Individuals who successfully master a level of competency are issued a credential signifying an elevated status in the workforce. For fluid power distributors, manufacturers and end users this means a safer more efficient workforce. The Professional Education department at MSOE is here to assist you with getting ready for the test. Sign up for our Hydraulics Certificate Review session on July 8th and you will receive a detailed overview of all test topics followed by a mock exam. Connect with us to learn more.

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The 2014 International Fluid Power Expo was one of the largest ever with over 120,000 attendees visiting 400 exhibitors, representing a wide cross-section of the fluid power industry. The MSOE booth at the expo featured hands on demonstrations of universal fluid power trainers used in hydraulics training, fluid power testing equipment as well as 3-D scanning technologies used in rapid prototyping and research. MSOE students also got a chance to interact one on one with potential employers.

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As we turn the corner from this successful show we look forward to building partnerships to assist you with your professional education needs as well as research testing and product development in the area of fluid power and rapid prototyping. Connect with us to learn more.

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