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.



Moldetipo Group is an engineering and production molding company, located in the world famous cluster of Marinha Grande, in Portugal. It exports 100% of its production and has a very efective presence in the automotive industry, as well as in Electronics and Houseware. Moldetipo Group has a 20 years experience on 2K projects and is a European leader when it comes to water-assisted injection technology (WIT).

Moldetipo Group has a plant in Portugal, a toolshop in Mexico, an office (technical and commercial) in China and thanks to a joint-venture in India since 2016, a new company: wimtipo ( We are also in the United States and Germany through local partnerships.



PLÁCIDO ROQUE – INDÚSTRIA DE MOLDES E MÁQUINAS, LDA. was established in 1986 and has been part of the Moldetipo Group since 1996. It has its headquarters in the center of the cluster of Marinha Grande and develops its activity in the projection, engineering, manufacture and testing of molds, as well as in the maintenance, alteration and rectification of molds.

Plácido Roque has vast and proven experience in the automotive, houseware, electronics, bi-feedstock molds and water assisted injection molds (WIT). The target markets are European, American and Asian, exporting 100% of its production.

Plácido Roque assures every step in the design and creation of a mold, from design (2D and 3D), engineering and mechanics, manufacturing and testing in its own facilities.


The Centre for Mechanical Engineering, Materials and Processes – CEMMPRE (Research Unit nº 285 of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) aims to develop interdisciplinary research in the areas of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and other related areas. Its main objectives are to promote innovation, facilitating the dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge in close collaboration with the business and social network and supporting the creation of start-ups, to contribute to advanced training, and to collaborate on strategies for regional and international development.