MPI was established in 1993 and was located within the Department of Polymer Science with the goal of assisting polymer and advanced-material businesses and entrepreneurs in their growth efforts.
Initially projects centered around coatings applications and subsequently expanded to include many other polymer market segments: personal protection, medical, forensics, aerospace, automotive, consumer products, etc.
In 1995, MPI chose to be an early adopter of 3D printing technology, recognizing the potential impact on prototyping and manufacturing. Since that time, we have produced thousands of prototypes and commercial products, and as the market matured we added CAD, laser scanning and polymer R&D services to assist customers’ shifting needs.
In 2010, MPI moved from the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials to The Accelerator. The Accelerator, a facility 5 miles from the USM campus, was constructed through state funding to house MPI and incubate emerging technology-based companies. The $28 million facility offers more than 60,000 square feet of state-of-the-art resources and talent to support ventures in composites, polymers, formulation science, biotechnology, sustainable chemistry, alternative energy and other high-tech industries.
We are honored to have long-term repeat business and routinely gain new customers, and serve some of the most prestigious companies in the world and impressive new innovators.