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ADAPT Gets DoD Funding for Mountain West Advanced Manufacturer's Network, to Help Industry and Government with 3D Printing Processes

We talk about the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) a lot here at 3DPrint.com. Together with the University of Utah, the Colorado-based research consortium, which has welcomed new members Big Metal Additive and Spatial in the last few months and was recently honored for its achievement in economic development, received government funding from the US Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment to help with the initial phase of the Mountain West Advanced Manufacturer’s Network (MWAMN).

The Office of Economic Adjustment Funds (OEA) is providing roughly $2.7 million in funding, and about $1.5 million of that will go to ADAPT and the Colorado School of Mines, where the R&D organization is located. ADAPT works to develop technologies that will speed up the certification and qualification of 3D printed metal parts; the new MWAMN leverages the consortium’s existing data infrastructure, which was developed with help from an International Trade Advanced Industries Accelerator grant and funds from the State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and other founding member companies. The test case will integrate contractors, OEMs, R&D, and subs to “efficiently employ AM processes, expand markets and increase resiliency.”

ADAPT Technical Director Aaron Stebner explained, “This program creates a new manufacturing platform to advance economic and workforce resilience in response to changes in defense spending. Enabling manufacturers to efficiently deploy additive manufacturing processes helps diversify their product offerings, expand into non-defense markets, and provide resilient employment and value to their communities and the economy independent of defense spending.”

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