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3D printing and CAD design at UVU RDC

A New 3D Printed Use For Doctor Who's TARDIS   Star Wars Episode 3-D: Printing the Millennium Falcon

Have you already taken advantage of the 3D printers at the UVU Rapid Development Center? We have top quality printers and we charge only to cover our costs. We also charge only $25 for 3D CAD design. To learn more, follow the links below. To get a free quote, click here.

3d Printing and CAD Design

If you can dream it, we can build it

At the UVU Rapid Development Center, UVU students provide 3d printing and CAD design services to local companies, entrepreneurs, professors, and other students. The Rapid Development Center was built as a prototyping lab within the G2M Accelerator lean startup model to assist with prototype validation, market testing, and creating rapid iterations of a new software or physical product at a low cost. You can visit www.UVURapidDev.com to learn more or sign up for 3d Printing or 3d CAD Design assistance.

The lab has four 3d printers, including a Fortus MC 250, a Cubex, a Cube, and a ProJet 1500. The MC 250, Cubex, and Cube all print with ABS or PLA plastic. The MC 250 has a 10x10x12 base. It has an internal heating chamber to prevent 3d prints from warping. It also prints with supports that dissolve in water, so that an object may be printed with internal moveable parts.

The 3d Printing Portion of the Rapid Development Center has already assisted in prototyping a number of new product ideas. Some of the projects include medical equipment, retail products, hardware designs, toys, tools, and more. Some specific projects include a new mouth guard device that assists people who have problems with snoring or sleep apnea, a device that can keep your fish tank clean for up to 2 years, a bathroom nightlight, new ideas for kitchen appliances, new cap and bottle designs, book holders, scent dispensers for the internet of things, vent cover for a gun safe, and many more!

Clients have included university students, professors, entrepreneurs and local businesses, etc. If you have an idea and want to see if it will work, visit our website or stop by to get a free quote for 3d printing and/or 3d CAD Design assistance. We can work with anyone in the community to assist in developing new product ideas.

The Rapid Development Center is a UVU program that is funded by USTAR (the Utah Science, Technology, and Research Initiative). USTAR was set up to assist Utah universities and businesses develop commercial applications for their research.

Most Companies Coming Out of Business Incubators and Accelerators are Garbage

“Most companies coming out of business incubators and accelerator programs nationwide are garbage,” stated a private equity investor recently on a panel discussion at the National Business Incubator Association (NBIA) conference. The current model used by most incubators and accelerators “does not work”. Government programs, university resources, and private investment are being “wasted” on companies that ultimately fail.

The problem is not that the companies fail. Most early stage business ideas will and should fail or change. Indeed, “successful startups are the ones who have enough money left over to try their 2nd idea.” – Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School. The problem is that resources are wasted, resources that could have been utilized in a more effective manner, incurred a greater return on investment, or at the least, avoided a loss.

Why are business incubators and accelerators failing? Why are resources being wasted? What is the solution?

The USTAR funded G2M Business Accelerator program, run out of the UVU Business Resource Center, is ahead of the curve in solving these problems. A professor on the same NBIA panel suggested new methods are coming out to vet companies and ideas. He mentioned books about lean start up principles and specifically recognized “Nail It Then Scale It” by Nathan Furr and Paul Ahlstrom.

The G2M Business Accelerator process acts as both a SCREENER and an ACCELERATOR. The process screens business ideas and then accelerates the good ones. A business that takes full advantage of the Business Accelerator will have its business idea formally screened at least 13 times during 3 different phases, and it could be screened any number of times as it is reviewed by each potential customer through market validation, customer testing, and proof of concept testing. Much of the work is done by business owners themselves, which avoids using government, university, or private resources prematurely.

In the past year-and-a-half, over 200 companies have applied for the Business Accelerator (mostly through word of mouth advertising), about 150 have gone through phase I, approximately 50 through phase II, and 15 through phase III. Not a single company has ever gone through the program that has not changed its idea or business model. One startup company stated of the vetting program, “I estimate that the G2M process we’ve gone through has saved us 6 months of development time and $40,000 in coding costs.”

Along with the screening, resources are available at the Business Resource Center to accelerate good ideas, including state and federal funding, loan assistance, business counseling, prototyping, website design, 3d printing, manufacturing training and sourcing assistance, government contracts assistance, business model planning, networking, sales and marketing training, management consulting, and really anything else a company needs.

To learn more about the USTAR G2M Program, the UVU Business Resource Center, or to apply to the program visit www.uvu.edu/brc