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Colorado School of Mines and Manufacturer’s Edge were pleased to host Governor John Hickenlooper to kick off Colorado Manufacturing Month at the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) research lab. ADAPT is a consortium that provides manufacturers access to the latest research on how to take advantage of additive manufacturing technologies. ADAPT companies work closely with Mines’ researchers and students on world-class machines to develop technologies to accelerate certification and qualification of 3D printed metal parts.

Joined by Paul Johnson, President of Colorado School of Mines, Governor Hickenlooper toured the facility and met with manufacturing leaders to discuss the growth of the sector and the role of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade’s (OEDIT) Advanced Industry Infrastructure grant program. ADAPT was started with support from the State of Colorado in the form of an Advanced Industries Infrastructure Grant from OEDIT.

”Colorado is home to 6,000 manufacturers that contribute $20B to the state’s economy. ADAPT is consistent with Colorado’s collaborative culture,” said Governor Hickenlooper. “It provides our entrepreneurial manufacturers the ability to work closely with university researchers to develop the next generation of technologies.”

“Innovation is the key to survival and growth for small and medium manufacturers,” said Heidi Hostetter, Vice-President at Arvada-based Faustson Tool. “Through ADAPT, manufacturers of all sizes looking to incorporate the flexibility of 3D metal printing into their portfolio will have access to cutting-edge research and help shape the future of the industry.”

This tour kick-offed Manufacturing Day celebrations in Colorado, which continue throughout the month of October. Manufacturing Day is an annual celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers, including Colorado School of Mines students.

“In Colorado, one day is not enough to recognize our manufacturers, so, we are declaring October ‘Colorado Manufacturing Month,’” said Governor Hickenlooper as he presented a proclamation during his visit.

As ADAPT continues its work, the consortium is actively seeking additional academic and industry partners. 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.

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