R&D Technologies, based in North Kingstown, R.I., was launched by Andrew Coutu in 2000 as a SolidWorks value-added reseller, before transitioning in 2008 to a Stratasys reseller and 3D printing service bureau. It was at that time when Andrew’s son, Justin Coutu, now serving as President, came on to establish the new 3D printing business.
R&D Technologies provides professional 3D printing consulting services for all of New England, and is the New England reseller of the full Stratasys Ltd. line of 3D Printers, including fused deposition modeling (FDM), PolyJet, wax deposition modeling (WDM) and other systems. R&D Technologies also offers full service 3D printing for clients across the U.S. via its in-house service bureau offering PolyJet, FDM and Solidscape technology. This enables the company to print and produce the most durable, stable, and versatile conceptual models, functional prototypes, manufacturing tools and end-use parts for every idea and design.
Showing phenomenal growth, R&D Technologies has been recognized twice by the Providence Business News as among the fastest growing companies in Rhode Island, as well as heralded by Design News for its commitment to nurturing the young minds that have helped the 3D print industry explode over the past decade. Under Justin Coutu, R&D Technologies has implemented a robust internship program with engineering schools at a number of local universities as a way to employ some of the brightest engineering minds in the area and bolster the region's economy. Universities included in the program are Johnson and Wales University, University of Rhode Island, Brown University, University of New Hampshire, Roger Williams University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, among others. Among the engineering degrees are mechanical, biomedical, electrical, industrial, and civil engineering.
“Our internship program gave me the ability to bring in students from different local universities,” Coutu told Design News in an interview. “It’s always good to keep jobs within Rhode Island. We have such good educational facilities.” Aside from the productivity and professional benefits of taking new engineers on board, “it’s really fun working with them,” Coutu said. “They’re outgoing, they want to be involved. They want to open up everything and explore. It’s enlightening." He continued, "If you put a part in front of them, they may not know what it is at first, but give them a day and they will know everything about it, how it works, and how to make it better. It’s exciting and fun.”
In addition to being a successful reseller of 3D printing machines, R&D Technologies has seen its service bureau division flourish, growing from just 1, to 10 machines since its start, servicing manufacturing firms as well as research and medical institutions across New England. “It’s really anyone who needs a prototype,” Coutu said. R&D has a mix of Stratasys (FDM and Polyjet) and Solidscape machines in its bureau and works with 140 types of plastics, including ABS, polycarbonate, and nylon.
Since its inception in 2000, R&D Technologies, a veteran-owned entity, has been the go-to company in the six-state region when it comes to the 3D printing needs of virtually every type of company, as nearly every industry has been touched in one way or another by this rapid-fire and exciting technology. As industry leaders and shapers, Andrew & Justin Coutu have authored articles on the expanding merits of 3D printing in such leading industry publications as Machine Design, Product Design & Development, U.S. Tech, Medical Devices & Diagnostic Industry, Equipment Journal and Louisiana Medical News, as well as the Providence Business News, Worcester Business Journal and Hartford Business Journal.
As this exciting industry continues to grow and explore still uncharted territories, while everyday stretching the limits of its capabilities, R&D Technologies will continue to help lead that exploration through its strong leadership, exceptional support team and strong community involvement. Their mission is to boldly go where no concept has gone before, and create a world of 3D wonderment that will shape the way we build things--today and for generations to come.
We pride ourselves in being Rhode Island's only 3D Printing manufacturing company and one of the top Stratasys resellers in the region.