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ADAPT Expo and Annual Public Meeting

ADAPTSM hosted an Expo and Annual Public Meeting on January 7 at Colorado School of Mines.

Several organizations, including Colorado OEDIT, Citrine Informatics, Elementum 3D, The 3D Printing Store, Lithoz, GE Additive, ALD NanoSolutions and 3D Systems, set up displays in the CoorsTek atrium in the afternoon. Dozens of other industry representatives, faculty members and students attended the Expo.
That evening, members and other guests, including State Senator Tammy Story of Colorado Senate District 16, attended a dinner at the student center and a presentation by ADAPT Executive Director Dr. Aaron Stebner and fellow ADAPT board member Dr. Craig Brice.
Together, they gave an in-depth review of ADAPT's progress over the last three years, as well as its structure and management, economic development and education results, 2018 technical achievements and 2019 outlook. Highlights included:
  • Growth in membership and research partnerships: In three years, ADAPT grew from 6 founding members to 22 current members and 11 non-member research partners
  • Faculty and student growth: ADAPT programs have led to 5 permanent faculty hires at Mines to date and increased postdoc and graduate student hires; additionally, ADAPT has graduated 1 PhD student and 3 Master of Science students at Mines
  • Expansion of adapt.citrination: 74 data sets and 11 material-process combinations have been generated in ADAPT's signature data informatics tool
  • Presence in the additive community: ADAPT researchers have given more than 30 conference talks and workshops, have published 3 peer-reviewed papers with 6 more pending, and have submitted 4 patent applications
  • Research impact: ADAPT has helped its research partners realize a 10x ROI by assisting in raising more than $25 million in external funding
  • Educational impact: Mines has established an Advanced Manufacturing degree program that offers a Professional Graduate Certificate and a Master of Science (non-thesis) degree, along with an AM Teaching Lab
  • Collaboration among partners: A recent survey of members indicated that the number one benefit of belonging to ADAPT is the opportunity to collaborate, with networking, workshops and workforce development following close behind
  • Upcoming ADAPT events include regular monthly members meetings and an Optimize for AdditiveSM Technical Workshop and Expo, August 26-28, at Colorado School of Mines
  More ADAPT News »

ADAPT Featured in Additive Manufacturing Magazine

A Public Private Partnership Aims to Save Additive From Itself
Overwhelming process variables for metal additive manufacturing processes are derailing AM’s adoption for critical parts in aerospace. Colorado’s ADAPT Center—and its growing cache of data—is seeking common ground...." Read More »

Save the Date for ADAPT's Fall Workshop

Data Informatics in Additive Manufacturing
August 26-28, 2019
Details and a full agenda will be forthcoming, but mark your calendars now! The event will include a half-day expo, grand opening of CoorsTek labs, and a hands-on workshop on using data informatics in additive.

Advanced Manufacturing Degree Program

Now accepting applications! Mines’ new Advanced Manufacturing degree program features a Professional Certificate and a Master’s Non-Thesis degree. Core courses include Intro to Additive Manufacturing, Data-Driven Materials Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing of Solid Materials, and Design for Additive Manufacturing. Contact for more information.


ADAPT member company Elementum 3D is featured with partner Masten Space Systems in an article about their NASA SBIR contract to mature a new AM process for the NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program – Masten Space Systems: AM will help us go back to the Moon »

ADAPT Publications

Featured: In a collaboration with ADAPT member Moog, Prof. Jeff Squier published results that demonstrate the ability to use femtosecond lasers to modify the surfaces of parts produced with powder base bed fusion while the parts are still in the powder bed. Specifically, the paper shows: 1) the ability to decrease surface roughnesses using ablation, and 2) the ability to write optical barcodes by creating nano-gratings that can be used for anti-counterfeiting and/or tracking measures. 
Interferometric Spatial Frequency Modulation Imaging »

Master’s thesis, ADAPT graduate Dana Drake: “An Approach for Defining the Key Quality Characteristics of Metal Powder for Powder Bed Fusion and Directed Energy Deposition” 

Master's thesis, ADAPT graduate Senthamilaruvi Moorthy: "Modeling and Characterization of Mechanical Properties in Laser Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufactured Inconel 718"

Owen Hildreth, Acta MaterialiaImpact of Compositional Gradients on Selectivity of Dissolvable Support Structures for Directed Energy Deposited Metals »

New Member Spotlight

ADAPT’s new members from the past few months include ATI Specialty Alloys & Components, EOS NA, Lithoz America, and 3D Systems! Full member list »

ADAPT Researcher of the Month

ADAPT PhD candidate Nathan Johnson awarded 2-year fellowship from Los Alamos National Laboratory »


Upcoming ADAPT Meetings

Unless noted, all monthly member meetings in 2019 will be in the Starzer Welcome Center on Mines campus

Feb. 13: Citrine Informatics: Using Data to Optimize for AdditiveSM
Mar. 13: ADAPT Research Updates
Apr. 10: Special guest speaker (TBD): Optimize for AdditiveSM—Parts
May 8: ADAPT Research Updates
June 12: Offsite Meeting at 3D Systems


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