Wednesday September 21, 2016 0 comments
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 announced its newest industry member, Sinter Print of Erie.
Sinter Print focuses on advanced 3D printing materials research and development.
“We are really excited about our newest member, Sinter Print,” said ADAPT Technical Director Aaron Stebner.
“The company embodies the 3D metals printing R&D spirit of our center, and is an incredible complement to the activities going on at the ADAPT Advanced Characterization Center at Mines.
“With their focus on developing better materials for 3D printing, and our focus on the data informatics needed to efficiently qualify new materials, processes, and parts, this will undoubtedly be a strong partnership going forward.
“The Sinter Print partnership brings not only new industry input, but also new R&D capabilities to ADAPT.”
“It’s exciting to be on the cutting edge as additive manufacturing goes from infancy to coming of age,” said Jacob Nuechterlein, Sinter Print’s president.
“We believe working with ADAPT will significantly advance manufacturing capabilities across many industries. We see additive manufacturing as a key tool to control costs and drive innovation, and we know that its broader application will benefit people around the world.”
Sinter Print’s Business Development Director Patrick Callard said his team’s focus on developing new additive manufacturing materials makes involvement with ADAPT an important part of their work, and leverages their efforts to expand what’s known about additive manufacturing as a tool, leading to greater industry acceptance and adoption of the technology.
“The better we understand these materials and how to use them consistently, the more confidence we'll have in current and future materials,” Callard said.
As ADAPT continues its work, the consortium is actively seeking additional academic and industry partners to support and contribute to its research on important additive manufacturing areas, including advanced structure-property characterizations of metals using sub-micron-resolved computed tomography (CT) and diffraction contrast tomography, thermomechanical testing, 3D surface metrology, and state-of-the-art optical microscopy and sample preparation.
Analysis is underway on more than 5,000 specimens with respect to build geometry, power, speed, number of lasers used, and more, to build a robust database.