The mission of the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development (Centro para o Desenvolvimento Rápido e Sustentado de Produto – CDRSP) of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPLeiria) is to contribute to scientific and technological development, leading to new products, materials and processes that are more fitted, more effective and more efficient, contributing to a generation of added value to the industry and promoting the conscience of the importance and of the role of the rapid and sustainable product development in the society. In order to accomplish this mission, the CDRSP-IPLeiria leads scientific and technological research and promotes dissemination, training and consultancy actions in strategic areas of product development.
The aim of the strategic research programme is to consolidate and reinforce the national and international position of the CDRSP-IPLeiria as a leading research group in the field of Multiscale Direct Digital Manufacturing based on Additive Manufacturing, moving towards the fully integrated concept of added-value manufacturing. This is possible due to the multidisciplinary nature of the CDRSP Research Team, comprising researchers from different scientific backgrounds. The main Scientific Research Areas of CDRSP-IPLeiria lays on Additive Manufacturing, having a focus on 60% of applied research and 40% of basic research. To do so, the development of Additive Manufacturing is supported by 3 core interconnected scientific pillars: (i) Geometry and topology/Computer simulation (ii) Advanced materials; and (iii) Novel manufacturing processes.