ADAPT Opens New Lab Space at Mines
ADAPT celebrated the grand opening of its new research facilities in the CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering as part of the Optimize for AdditiveSM workshop in August. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by ADAPT members and workshop guests as well as Mines leadership and state officials. The new facilities include:
Mines Advanced Visualization and Simulation (MAVS) Studio: Dedicated to virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) for materials manufacturing research and education, the MAVS Studio is led by Garritt Tucker, associate professor of mechanical engineering
Hildreth Lab: Led by Owen Hildreth, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, the chemistry lab focuses on phenomena involved in nanometer- to centimeter-scale additive manufacturing technologies, including dissolvable supports for 3D-printed metals and the use of reactive inks to reduce the costs of solar cells.
Data-Driven Advanced Manufacturing & Mechanics Lab: This laboratory, dedicated to developing high-throughput, data-informed manufacturing and mechanical behavior research and development technologies, is directed by Aaron Stebner, Rowlinson Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
Research capabilities extend to the Advanced Manufacturing Program teaching lab in nearby Brown Hall, led by Craig Brice, professor of practice in mechanical engineering. This lab is dedicated to student exploration of various equipment and systems, with options to work with polymers, metals, ceramics and biological materials while also optimizing structural design and capturing and interpreting important process data.
“The opening of these new facilities at Mines provides permanence to ADAPT’s ability to fulfill its mission of optimizing additive manufacturing” said Stebner, executive director of ADAPT. “These state-of-the-art laboratories provide the foundational tools and spaces for ADAPT to meet the challenges put to us by our industry and government members.”
Article adapted from Mines Newsroom. View original article here.