ADAPT welcomes new member Big Metal Additive

Thursday March 16, 2017 0 comments Tags: Golden, ADAPT, Big Metal Additive, Slade Gardner, Aaron Stebner


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 member, Big Metal Additive, a new company that specializes in larger build metal additive manufacturing.ADAPT_logo

“I have been pioneering large additive manufacturing capabilities for aerospace and spacecraft applications for almost two decades and now I am excited to launch Big Metal Additive (BMA) to satisfy complex designs that meet the needs of a broad range of customers,” said BMA founder Slade Gardner.

“Colorado is the right place to be for this company launch especially with the powerful technology support that comes with ADAPT expertise.”

ADAPT said BMA uses a proven wire-fed, arc-based additive manufacturing method to create large, complex design structures from aluminum.

The first BMA machine is a 4ft x 4ft custom-built machine from a best-in-class manufacturer of custom-made 5-axis and 3-axis CNC routers based in Colorado Springs. BMA has configured this first machine for large-scale industrial additive manufacturing that can be done in an open shop environment.

“ADAPT is excited to welcome Big Metal Additive to our membership.” said Aaron Stebner, ADAPT technical director.

“This Colorado startup is focused on new technologies for bigger, lightweight structures and thus brings a new length scale to our membership and research activities. We are excited about this great partnership that will draw on previous research efforts and offer deep learning for better machine control.”