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Create a vibrant on-line collaborative marketplace for the Indiana tooling industry - To provide a medium for delivering and communicating the most current technologies and training developed by Indiana's leading educational institutions and technology companies so that the Indiana tooling industry can gain a competitive advantage. Indiana has a strong manufacturing heritage and industrial base; however, over the past decade, Indiana has lost significant market share to neighboring states and foreign countries. Studies have shown that the Indiana industrial tooling and equipment industry (which includes die shops, foundry, and molders) lags behind in technology resources and information technology tools. Through the Indiana 21st Century Fund initiative and the National Science Foundation Partnership for Innovation Award, Imaginestics, Purdue University, and several other Indiana institutions have been charged with the task of making ToolingNet a reality.


  • Mechanical Engineering:
    Dr. Karthik Ramani, Chan Chung, Ajoy Raj, Vineeth Agarwal, Alex Lee
  • Industrial Engineering:
    Harshal Patwardhan

IIndiana 21st Century Research and Technology Fund
Purdue University Faculty Scholar Award

[1] Chung, C., Raj, A., Turuvekere, S., Agarwal, V., and Ramani, K., "A Customer-Supplier System for Distributed Global Product Management, Cooperation Between Designers" International CIRP Design Seminar, Grenoble, France, May 12-14, 2003, Page 50

[2] Karthik, S., Chung, C., and Ramani, K., "Rapid Application Development Of Process Capability - Supplier Models," ASME 2003 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Chicago, Illinois, September 2-6, 2003

[3] Karthik, S., Chung, C., Ramani, K., and Tomovic, M.., "Methodology for Metal casting Process Selection," SAE 2003 World Congress, Detroit, Michigan, March 3-6, 2003

[4] Chung, C., Hong, J., Lee, A., Ramani, K., and Tomovic, M.., "Methodology for Selection of Rapid Tooling Process for Manufacturing Application," Proceedings of 2003 ASME International Conference, November 2003, Washington, D.C

Current Events

NSF Multi-disciplinary Workshop

August 30-31, 2004