ADAPT additive manufacturing consortium hosts open house Thursday

Tuesday June 21, 2016 0 comments Tags: ADAPT, Golden, Tom Bugnitz, Aaron Stebner, additive manufacturing


GOLDEN -- ADAPT, the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies, a research consortium focused on developing technologies to accelerate the certification and qualification of 3D printed metal parts, will host a public open house on Thursday, June 23.ADAPT_logoUSE

The event, from 5 to 8 p.m., will be held at the ADAPT Advanced Characterization Center on the Colorado School of Mines campus, Brown Hall W230, 1610 Illinois St., Golden.

Parking in any “blue” campus lot is free after 4:30 p.m. (lots at 18th & Illinois and on Elm between 15th & 17th are closed). RSVP via this link is requested.

“We are excited to showcase the new ADAPT Center to Colorado business, academia, and the general public,” said ADAPT Executive Director Tom Bugnitz.

“With this center, we have the foundation for making Colorado the center of the world for metal additive manufacturing expertise, and Colorado manufacturers have first access to groundbreaking research.

“We’ve assembled leading-edge tools to help Colorado manufacturers and academic researchers learn and understand more about metal additive manufacturing than their counterparts anywhere else in the world.

“We hope prospective ADAPT members will see the value of what we’ve created and join us in making Colorado the world leader in metal additive technologies.”

Organizers said tours of the ADAPT lab will include demonstrations of a new Zeiss Xradia 520 Versa 3D X-ray microscope, the Keyence VHX-5000 optical measurement system, servo-hydraulic mechanical test equipment from MTS Systems Corporation, other metallurgical prep equipment, and the ADAPT-Citrination database.

“The key element tying this equipment and research together is using data and artificial intelligence to learn from our analyses,” said Aaron Stebner, ADAPT’s technical director.

“Beyond giving our partners results, with this database we’re creating new ways to design and build parts using data-driven models to position our partners as world leaders in advanced manufacturing.”

The open house will also feature informal discussions on the team’s work during its first six months of research and development efforts, including work on alloys for additive manufacturing and real-time monitoring of the metal additive process.

As ADAPT continues its work, the consortium will actively seek academic and industry partners to support and contribute to its work focused on investigating important additive manufacturing areas, including work on advanced structure-property characterizations of metals.