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ADAPT and Citrine Continue NAVSEA Research

Earlier this year, ADAPTSM and Citrine Informatics completed Phase I and applied for Phase II funding for ongoing research for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the largest of the U.S. Navy’s five systems commands. With 74,000 civilian, military and contract support personnel, NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy’s ships, submarines and combat systems.

Since it is impractical to use high-fidelity, destructive instruments to analyze additively manufactured parts in the field (e.g., X-ray micro-computed tomography, electron microscopy, tensile testing, etc.), the program’s research is focused on developing a machine learning platform that correlates statistics from such high-fidelity, destructive test results with signals from low-fidelity, nondestructive test approaches.

When completed, this platform will provide Navy personnel in the field a reliable way to evaluate new or in-service parts to determine if they are at risk of failure and/or to determine the expected life remaining on additively manufactured parts. Read more about Phase I results and proposed Phase II goals » 
U.S. Senator Cory Gardner Visits ADAPT

In April ADAPT hosted Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado as part of his visit to Colorado School of Mines.

Discussion focused on the future of manufacturing shifting to a network-based, on-demand model enabled by additive manufacturing (AM). Such a model can democratize manufacturing, help the country adapt to shifting manufacturing needs, and impact military readiness.

An important part of preparing for this shift is a new partnership with Prof. Steve Simske at Colorado State University to bring cyber-physical security to manufacturing networks and supply chains and to address forgery concerns.

Senator Gardner’s American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, enacted during President Obama’s term, has benefited ADAPT's work and funding. ADAPT Executive Director Aaron Stebner and other ADAPT leadership shared details about the TARDEC program, including MAXXPRO/MRAP part replacement and supply chain simplification; the Quality Made program to develop a laser hot wire system that builds in process control with integrated machine learning for flexible, large-scale manufacturing; and ADAPT's DOD-OEA program. See Sen. Gardner’s full statement on his visit. 

Member Corner

3D Systems announces integration of its AM solutions with three global manufacturing companies: Nokia, rms Company and GF Precicast. Read more »
3D Printing Industry interviews Sciaky to learn how they are overcoming the challenges and competition of metal AM. Read more »
EOS celebrates 30 years! Read more »

Members: This is your space to share links to press releases, announcements or upcoming events! Just send an email to with the relevant information and links, and we will feature your content in upcoming newsletters.


June 12: Monthly Members Meeting – Offsite Meeting at 3D Systems
July 10: Summer Social (location TBD)
July 15-19: DAM Workshop Register »
Aug. 26-28: Expo & Data Informatics Workshop: details TBD

Register Now! Join us July 15–19 on the beautiful campus of Colorado School of Mines for the premier interactive workshop on Design for Additive Manufacturing. With an all-new modular curriculum for 2019, you’ll take advantage of both guided instruction and personalized learning options. Workshop topics cover the latest modeling and simulation tools for DAM and are augmented by guest lectures from industry leaders and hands-on exercises to build design expertise. Bring your own parts and problems to design, optimize, and print! More information and registration »

The Advanced Manufacturing Program is now registering MS Non-Thesis and Certificate students for the 2019–2020 academic year. Learn more at, or contact Craig Brice, program director, at
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Researcher of the Month

Avinash Mamidanna is an ADAPT PhD student in Mechanical Engineering focusing on printing high-quality materials using reactive inks. For example, Avinash can print silver lines using reactive inks with resistivities within 90% of bulk silver (1.8 µΩ-cm compared to 1.6 µΩ-cm for bulk silver) without any sintering steps. The electrical properties of these reactive inks are good enough that Avinash and his colleagues within the Hildreth Research Group can reduce the amount of silver required to metallize a photovoltaic cell by 90% while also eliminating the high-temperature sintering step currently required for screen-printed pastes. Avinash’s dissertation will focus on understanding how reaction kinetics of silver reactive inks combine with the mass

transport and heat transfer of evaporating reactive ink droplets to determine silver morphology and electrical properties. Preliminary research showed that processing parameters, such as substrate temperature and solvent properties, have a direct impact on the morphology of these printed metal films. Building on this research, Avinash and his co-workers have developed ... Read more »
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