Spatial Corp., the leading provider of 3-D software development toolkits for design, manufacturing and engineering solutions, has joined the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies, a consortium operating out of Colorado School of Mines focused on accelerating the certification and qualification of 3-D-printed metal parts.

“Spatial will use its membership in ADAPT to bolster our technical expertise in additive manufacturing and strengthen our relationships in the industry,” said Ray Bagley, director of product management for 3-D modeling and additive manufacturing. “We also believe that our existing partnerships with many AM hardware and software providers can expand ADAPT’s capabilities,” he said.

Bagley added that Spatial Corp. views membership in ADAPT as a valuable extension to the company’s additive manufacturing market strategy. Supporting research that advances the broader adoption of additive manufacturing is directly in line with Spatial’s goal to help grow the market for its customers.

“Spatial’s membership in ADAPT adds a member focused on the software workflows for 3-D printing, which is also at the heart of many of our data-driven research activities,” said ADAPT Technical Director Aaron Stebner, Mines assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

“Through both 3-D printing equipment manufacturers and developers of specialty software applications, Spatial accelerates the efficient industrial application of 3-D additive manufacturing. This area of expertise represents another strong partnership for our organization and its members,” Stebner said.

Spatial Corp., based in Broomfield, Colo., has offices in Germany, Japan, China and the United Kingdom. It is a subsidiary of Dassault Systemes, a French multinational software company.

This article originally appeared on Mines Newsroom.