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Applied Research & Innovation

Depending on your needs and the type of project you are presenting, there are different paths that can be taken.  Generally, a good place to start the conversation is to send an email to our Project Coordinator at Alicia [dot] Cafferata [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca with a brief introduction to yourself and your project.

Yes.  If you’re interested in seeing our facilities and learning more about the Centre, please contact our Administration Assistant at angela [dot] menzel [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca to inquire about arranging a tour.

After designing a model in a CAD program, you can save the file in an STL (STereoLithography) format.  This makes it readable by the 3D printer.  Once your file is received by our staff, it will be reviewed.  You will need to confirm some requirements in order to proceed with printing, such as print material, density, and resolution.  Our staff can assist you with this.

3D printing costs can vary quite a bit depending on your needs or requirements.  RDC charges an hourly rate for 3D printing.  Please see our 3D Printing Price List for more details.

Applied Research and Innovation is not interested in rights to your intellectual property (IP).  We assist you in the development of your ideas or prototypes but any IP that exists or is generated during the project remains with you.  ARI has a Confidentiality Agreement available for you to sign to help protect your information.  You can access this document here.

Generally, the CIM is accessible Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm.  Access to the CIM is not available weekends, evenings, or holidays.

Yes, ARI works with all types of people.  Whether you’re an inventor working out of your basement, an engineer looking to solve a design issue, an artist wanting to explore a new technology, or a manufacturing organization looking to streamline process flow, we are here to help.  Please contact our Project Coordinator at Alicia [dot] Cafferata [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca to get the conversation started.  We look forward to collaborating with you!

There is equipment available to rent in the CIM. Please see our Equipment Rental Price List for what equipment is available, how much it costs, and details regarding insurance.

CARIN in the Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network which supports small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurs by providing access to services and resources to help them succeed. CARIN can help SMEs and entrepreneurs develop new innovations and technologies and can connect them to industry networking opportunities. If you would like to be added to the CARIN list, please email Angela [dot] Menzel [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (subject: CARIN%20List, body: Name%3A%0ACompany%3A%0AEmail%20address%3A%0A%0APlease%20add%20me%20to%20the%20CARIN%20list!%0A%0A) and provide your name, your company name if applicable and your email address.

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Red Deer, Alberta | T4N 5H5