Center for Design & Manufacturing

The Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME) is the manufacturing port of entry into Ohio State. With a dedicated staff of product engineers and participation by research faculty, CDME is able to move at the speed of industry while continuing to innovate. Equipment, facility and staff are all utilized in the most efficient productive manner for any project.

CDME provides industry with a simple expeditious way to access all the intellectual and physical assets of the university and surrounding research community. Easy contract mechanisms and unambiguous business terms allow industry certainty around the value proposition of the engagement before any project begins.

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CDME Core Values


Collaboration between different industries, non-competitors, vendors, and customers has routinely proven to be more effective at solving tough commercial problems. By design, CDME brings all industry issues into a collaborative environment where organizations that rarely cross paths can speak freely about ideas and concepts. CDME helps deliver results that allow all to share in the success and intellectual property generated.


Thousands of technologies are developed each year within The Ohio State University, in small businesses and in the garages of entrepreneurs. CDME’s model of integrating resources from the many departments of Ohio State is optimized to rapidly take ideas from concept to market while identifying and securing external funding to keep the technology moving through the development process.


Collaborative technology development and new product commercialization is meaningless without a trained and educated workforce. CDME’s workforce development programs help keep organizations growing a new workforce through student engagement. They also develop the existing workforce through continuing education.


Regional economic growth is a result of effectively managing the interconnectivity of multi-industrial collaboration, technology commercialization, and workforce development. When done correctly, each is interconnected with the other, and the result is economic growth for that region.



Nate Ames

Executive Director and Engineering Manager
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