Advanced Manufacturing Accelerator

acceleratorAccelerating Innovation

DVIRC and its partners have put in place the capacity to help manufacturers innovate by making it easier and quicker to learn about, assess and when appropriate, invest in specific advanced manufacturing technologies. The Advanced Manufacturing Accelerator assists regional manufacturers by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to capture the value of advanced manufacturing and achieve profitable growth through new products, processes, services, markets, and customers.

The Accelerator offers companies three ways to connect:

1. Immersion Courses

Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) and Composites Technology Track

Two rapidly evolving technologies are transforming how things are made and what they are made of—3D Printing and Composites Materials— and we’re only beginning to see their impact on design, engineering, prototyping, and new business development.

The Technology Immersion Course introduces participants to the principles and practices surrounding these technologies with a focus on innovation and collaboration for business benefits.

The series includes a review of the tools and techniques drawn from design thinking, systems thinking, business analytics and ethnographic research to help students apply these technologies to meet new challenges or pursue new business opportunities.

Offered in collaboration with Philadelphia University’s Kanbar College of Design,
Engineering, and Commerce, the Technology Immersion Course will help you to:

  • Understand the innovation process and how to discover new technology applications
  • See how these technologies can help you find ways to increase your value to your customers
  • Teach you how to navigate technology innovations by asking the right questions

The 5-day Course offers:

  • In introduction to specific tools and techniques to identify application opportunities
  • A “learn-and-do” model that lets you apply what you learn in a collaborative environment
  • A day-long focus on materials used in both composites and additive manufacturing
  • Two days in the lab where students will make and test a composite part and make and test a prototype part using additive manufacturing

This is an opportunity to quickly acquire knowledge, skills, and abilities that will enable you to evaluate and use these transformative technologies.

We are currently registering students for our first classes to begin in Spring 2014.
Register here.

2. Awareness Seminars

Two-hour, interactive breakfast seminars which expose manufacturers to the fundamentals, applications, and opportunities through advanced manufacturing. Seminars include trends and forecasts on evolving industry use. Current offerings include:

  • Introduction to 3D Printing
  • Profitable Business Growth through Innovation
  • Introduction to Composites Manufacturing

3. Direct Client Services

Technical and business expertise focused specifically on accelerating the profitable growth in business value through:

  • Commercialization of new products & services
  • Adoption and integration of new technology for new processes and new products
  • New market development & customer acquisition
  • Expansion into existing markets

For more information on the Advanced Manufacturing Accelerator contact Kevin Carr, Managing Director at or call 215-552-3800.


Accelerator Partners:

DVIRC Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Consortium
EEB Hub NextFab Studio Paramount Industries
Penn State University Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation Philadelphia University
Philadelphia Works Select Greater Philadelphia Triumph Engineering

Sponsored in part with funding from:

Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Department of Energy (DOE)
National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Employment & Training Administration (ETA)