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Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME)

About CDME

University Innovation | Industry Implementation

The Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME) is the manufacturing port of entry into Ohio State. CDME is to be The Ohio State University's preeminent leader in innovative applied research for product design, technology commercialization, and manufacturing for industry. The center’s ability to move at the speed of industry while continuing to innovate eases the communication between both industry and the university experts to execute project management plans.

The center is staffed with diverse professionals ranging from former business leaders and entrepreneurs to practicing engineers. Wherever possible, the center will utilize existing equipment to support industry and university research community with market validation, design feasibility, commercialization, manufacturing scale and workforce development programs.

CDME was developed to meet the translational research needs of the university’s external partners. The center was funded initially via a $6.8M federal grant and by the College of Engineering to ensure that university innovation provides a more direct impact on the commercial manufacturing industry. 


Our vision is to be the innovation portal for the manufacturing industry to access all of the Ohio State University assets in business, engineering, and applied science to support innovation in product validation, design, commercialization, and manufacturing for Ohio State industry partners and research community. We believe we will provide deep collaboration between the Ohio State “One University” concept and industry partners across multiple sectors to drive economic growth.


Our mission is to utilize the technical assets and expertize of The Ohio State University’s world class faculty, staff, students and centers to be the foremost leader in commercialization through applied research through the use of business validation, process innovation, integrated design, and best of class manufacturing approaches.

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