Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT)
Welcome to the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT). We are a research development organization dedicated to the development of next-generation data informatics and advanced characterization technologies for additive manufacturing technologies. We use these tools to help industry and government qualify, standardize, assess, and optimize advanced manufacturing processes and parts.
ADAPT was established in December of 2015 through a grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) through their Advanced Industries Infrastructure Program (Program Manager: Katie Woslager) to Manufacturer's Edge, Colorado's NIST-MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership). ADAPT is organized via a consortium structure, where industry and government entities buy-in at different membership levels that allow them to affiliate with ADAPT (Tier 1), to access the center's database (Tier 2), and direct the research activities within the center (Tiers 3+).
Founding industry members Faustson Tool, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, and Lockheed-Martin Space Systems provided the initial demand and vision for ADAPT, as well as over $4M in cost share to secure the OEDIT infrastructure grant. The grant establishes a world-class characterization center for additive materials at Colorado School of Mines, ADAPT's physical headquarters, and also funds the first year of technical efforts aimed specifically at improving nickel-based and titanium-based alloy 3D printing. The R&D in ADAPT is carried out by Mines students and post-docs, directed by Assistant Profs. Aaron Stebner and Douglas Van Bossuyt together with Assistant Research Prof. Branden Kappes.
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