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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 – technologies at the forefront of today’s advanced manufacturing industries, has announced its newest industry member, Sinter Print of Erie, Colorado, which focuses on advanced 3D printing materials research and development.
 
“We are really excited about our newest member, Sinter Print,” said ADAPT Technical Director Aaron Stebner. “The company embodies the 3D metals printing R&D spirit of our center, and is an incredible complement to the activities going on at the ADAPT Advanced Characterization Center at Mines. With their focus on developing better materials for 3D printing, and our focus on the data informatics needed to efficiently qualify new materials, processes, and parts, this will undoubtedly be a strong partnership going forward. The Sinter Print partnership brings not only new industry input, but also new R&D capabilities to ADAPT.”
 
“It’s exciting to be on the cutting edge as additive manufacturing goes from infancy to coming of age,” noted Sinter Print’s President Jacob Nuechterlein. “We believe working with ADAPT will significantly advance manufacturing capabilities across many industries. We see additive manufacturing as a key tool to control costs and drive innovation, and we know that its broader application will benefit people around the world.”
 
Sinter Print’s Business Development Director Patrick Callard said his team’s focus on developing new additive manufacturing materials makes involvement with ADAPT an important part of their work, and leverages their efforts to expand what’s known about additive manufacturing as a tool, leading to greater industry acceptance and adoption of the technology. “The better we understand these materials and how to use them consistently, the more confidence we'll have in current and future materials,” he added.
 
As ADAPT continues its work, the consortium is actively seeking additional academic and industry partners to support and contribute to its research on important additive manufacturing areas, including advanced structure-property characterizations of metals using sub-micron-resolved computed tomography (CT) and diffraction contrast tomography, thermomechanical testing, 3D surface metrology, and state-of-the-art optical microscopy and sample preparation. Analysis is underway on more than 5,000 specimens with respect to build geometry, power, speed, number of lasers used, and more, to build a robust database.
 
Sinter Print is an additive manufacturing research and development company specializing in creating advanced metal alloys, composites, and ceramics. By making innovative concepts into reality, the company helps meet the 3D printing industry’s growing demand for more choices and expanded capabilities. Sinter Print is continuously seeking new solutions to help companies enhance lives around the world by creating products with increased durability, high strength and light weight while pushing the limits of load, conductivity, and abrasion, heat, oxidation and corrosion resistance.
 
The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) is a research and development organization dedicated to the creation of next-generation data informatics and advanced characterization technologies for additive manufacturing technologies. ADAPT uses these tools to help industry and government qualify, standardize, assess, and optimize advanced manufacturing processes and parts. Several levels of membership to the ADAPT consortium are available. Founding industry members include Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Faustson Tool, Lockheed Martin, Citrine Informatics. Grant funding from the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) was provided to Manufacturer’s Edge and The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

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