The Prototype Development Lab is located at Oregon State University.  From the very beginning, the focus of the PDL has been on interacting with industry and entrepreneurs to provide outstanding experiential learning for students, solve real world problems, and deliver results having practical bottom-line value to sponsors. 

Dr. John Parmigiani is the primary leader of the PDL. He has a life-long passion for the creation of electro-mechanical devices, extensive practical experience and academic training, and is uniquely positioned at OSU to guide the PDL to success. He is joined with Dr. Rob Stone in guiding the PDL. Their technical expertise is supplemented, as needed, by the technical expertise of other OSU faculty.

OSU students and faculty engineer, design, and build mechanical and electromechanical devices for startups, established companies, and university researchers. The PDL uses cutting-edge robotics, additive manufacturing techniques, and digital- manufacturing equipment and software to efficiently design and build the prototypes needed to move from a market worthy idea to an actual physical embodiment to attract investors, obtain patents, create a product, and move to market. The focus of the lab is accessing OSU technical expertise to apply engineering principles to create prototype devices for sponsors.

The focus will be on trained graduate students applying engineering principles to create prototype devices for sponsors. It is not intended to be a “maker space” where clients simply access equipment, but rather a means by which the talent of an engineering research university is efficiently accessed and applied to prototype creation for clients.

Director of the Prototype Development Lab: John Parmigiani

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Biographical Sketch

John Parmigiani has a life-long love of mechanical engineering. Academic training began with metals-machining and vehicle mechanics courses prior to college and was followed with B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. Professional experience includes 10 years as a practicing engineer in industry with several Pennsylvania manufacturing firms. Personal experince includes vehicle repair & restoration and countless construction & repair projects on his Pennsylvania farm and Oregon home.  His current work at Oregon State University focuses on providing useful solutions to real-world mechanical engineering problems for a wide variety of project sponsors.

Qualifications

  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2007

  • MS in Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1997

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1987

  • 10 years of experience as a practicing engineer in industry

Current positions in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at OSU

  • Director of the Prototype Development Lab

  • Research Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

  • Director of Industry Research for the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Capstone Coordinator for the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering 


Co-Director of the Prototype Development Lab: Rob Stone

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Stone’s research interests include design theories and methodologies, specifically product architectures, functional representations, automated conceptual design techniques and innovation strategies for new product design. Dr. Stone’s passion is product design and innovation. His work takes inspiration and analogies from biology, nature, and existing products to then design new and innovative products and systems.  His main tool for doing so is by reverse engineering products, modeling them in a unique way by looking at their functionality, and storing that information in a design repository and finding efficient ways of generating new design concepts using that data base to innovate not only every day products but also renewable systems like the solar house.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1997

  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri at Rolla, 1995

  • BS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Missouri at Rolla, 1992

Current positions in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at OSU

  • Co-Director of the Prototype Development Lab

  • Professor of Mechanical Engineering 

Lab Facilities

Our lab has access to: 

A full machine and wood shop including the following: 

  • Metal engine lathes
  • Vertical milling machines
  • Electro Arc Metal Disintegrating Machine
  • MIG and TIG welders
  • Sheet metal fabrication tooling
  • Dimension BST Rapid Prototyping Machine
  • Fortus 400mc Rapid Prototyping Machine
  • Wood sawing and shaping tools

Digital Fabrication Machinery 

  • 3D printers 
  • CNC vertical milling machine centers (3-axis, one 4-axis)
  • CNC turning (lathe) center
  • Laser Engraver

Please feel free to inquire further about our capabilities, we can also access additional machinery around the Oregon State campus.