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New RIT manufacturing lab aims to be state focal point

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Officials at RIT have unveiled a multimillion dollar high-tech lab designed to help companies and innovators convert their ideas into prototypes and eventually new products.

The new Digital Manufacturing and Product Realization lab is located at the university's Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The $3 million lab is designed to be a focal point for manufacturers in New York State looking to evaluate and apply new digital manufacturing technologies.

It's hoped that entrepreneurs with innovative products will use the resources at RIT's new lab to develop their products, and then eventually locate their new businesses in the Rochester area once they are ready to bring the product to market.

There is also an emphasis at the RIT facility on helping these entrepreneurs create sustainable products that will last longer.

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