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Red Deer Polytechnic Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing (CIM-TAC)

There's a misconception that access to advanced manufacturing technology is out of reach for small to medium companies. The Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing (CIM-TAC) is here to change that.

The CIM-TAC is a unique and affordable resource for entrepreneurs and SMEs in Central Alberta who don't have the capacity or the need to create in-house research and development facilities. We act as a trusted, objective innovation intermediary with cutting-edge equipment and facilities, along with the experts that know how to use them. With a focus on early-stage prototyping and product development, design for manufacturing, validation, and manufacturing optimization, the CIM-TAC team is dedicated to serving the needs of business and industry.

While our Technology Access Centre designation was awarded in 2020, the CIM opened in 2009 as one of the key facilities of Red Deer Polytechnic's Four Centres. Since then, we've collaborated with hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs to create solutions to their real-world manufacturing challenges. These challenges include problem-solving, engineering designs, creating 3D models, and fabricating prototypes.

What's more, when you work with us, you tap into a complete innovation ecosystem, including CIM-TAC's experts, our innovation partners and funders, and the larger community of educators and students at Red Deer Polytechnic. With our guidance, you can accelerate your R&D process and de-risk your path to product market acceptance.

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