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Mines Partners with Adam Savage for Premier Episode of "Savage Builds" 

Mines' Advanced Manufacturing Program Director Craig Brice and several of his students worked with Adam Savage on an episode of "Savage Builds," a brand-new series premiering on the Discovery Channel on June 14. The series is all about extreme and innovative engineering challenges.

Brice partnered with ADAPT member company EOS to design and build a 3D-printed titanium suit of armor inspired by the Iron Man films. But Savage and the team didn't stop there—with the help of a customized Gravity Jet Suit designed by Richard Browning's Gravity Industries, the suit actually flew.  

Pictured to the right is the full titanium suit, and above, Craig Brice shakes the Iron Man–gloved hand of show creator Adam Savage. The glove represents about 25 of the approximately 250 3D-printed pieces that went into the suit. Brice's project was chosen for the premier episode, which airs on June 14 on the Discovery Channel. Read an interview with Brice that outlines the details of the project, and check out these teaser videos from Savage's Instagram feed: Brice outfitting Savage with glove pieces, and the suit flight test.

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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ADAPT Part of Winning NASA ULI Team Led by NextManufacturing 

NASA’s investment helps improve 3D metal printing for aviation

NASA, as part of its Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), selected three university-led teams last month to explore new ways to build and power the aircraft of the future. Colorado School of Mines and ADAPT are part of a team led by the NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to explore new ways to use additive manufacturing to reduce costs and increase the speed of mass-producing aircraft without sacrificing quality, reliability, and safety.

This is the second year NASA has asked the academic world to help it achieve its strategic goals through the University Leadership Initiative (ULI). The three teams (including groups from University of Wisconsin–Madison and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), will receive about $15 million over three years. Almost $7 million of that will go to the team led by NextManufacturing.

The project, Development of an Additive Manufacturing Ecosystem for Qualification of Additive Manufacturing Processes and Materials in Aviation, will focus on process qualification for laser powder bed fusion 3D printing. The aim is to lower the cost of manufacturing, especially for short-run production and replacement parts, and to encourage economic growth by enabling small contractors to qualify their AM processes and equipment.

Mines/ADAPT researchers will work with ADAPT member company Citrine Informatics to use machine learning to characterize and qualify additively manufactured parts and to help overcome the challenge of creating a scientifically sound basis for qualifying 3D printed parts. This is an important step toward demonstrating how to design and use facilities for efficient, large-scale production of these parts.
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June 12: Monthly Members Meeting at 3D Systems
July 10: Monthly Members Meeting: Elementum 3D Tour and Summer Social
Aug. 26–27: Optimize for AdditiveSM Workshop Register Now

Member Corner

Details for the June 12 Members Meeting:
The ADAPT June Members Meeting will take place on June 12 at 3D Systems: 5381 South Alkire Circle Littleton, CO, 80127. Members, please arrive at 3D systems between 1:00 and 1:30 pm. Parking is available in the front parking lot, which is the first lot you will see when entering the complex. Make sure to sign in at the front desk and wait in the Executive Boardroom until the meeting starts. Long pants and close-toed shoes are required for the tour.  

Citrine collaborates with LANXESS to create AI platform for plastics production. Read more »
GE Additive Print Services will support General Dynamics Land Systems in identifying applications for weight reduction, performance optimization and lead time reduction in metal additive manufacturing.
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3D Systems announces customers Rodin Cars and Stewart-Haas Racing are using plastic and metal 3D-printed solutions to improve speed and performance. 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.

Two-day workshop at Colorado School of Mines: Aug. 26–27
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Researcher of the Month

Matthew Miller is an undergraduate research assistant at Colorado School of Mines. Since Spring 2018 Matt has been working with Prof. Hua Wang and Prof. Branden Kappes on projects to extract information directly from measurements of both component-level and materials-level

properties. These extracted features become input into the machine learning framework that Matt and other students from Dr. Wang’s group have developed to improve the quality of materials analysis—from high-resolution transmission electron microscopy to mechanical property data. In addition to software development, Matt has played a major role in developing the mathematics and algorithms that support the Optimize for AdditiveSM goals behind the research work in ADAPT. Matt expects to complete both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science in Spring 2020.
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