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NoCo Hemp Expo 4 Showcases Fashion Alley & Global Hemp Village

Posted on | March 22, 2017 | No Comments

Expo areas focus on innovative, creative applications of hemp

Loveland, CO – The NoCo Hemp Expo, the largest hemp-centric event in the U.S., has announced programming details for its Fashion Alley and Global Hemp Village during this year’s event on March 30 and April 1 at The Ranch Events Complex off I-25 in Loveland, Colorado.

“The rest of the world has quite a head start on the U.S. given the outdated regulations our nation still has on the cultivation and uses of hemp as a natural resource,” said NoCo Hemp Expo Founder, Morris Beegle. “As we work to modernize domestic hemp legislation and policy, thought leaders and innovators from around the world can show us, today, the many ways hemp can be used in a profitable, sustainable way to build companies and create jobs.”

Fashion Alley is sponsored by Hempy’s, which makes “planet inherited goods” and EnviroTextiles, providing “fabric for our future.” Hempy’s, based in Glenwood Springs, CO, specializes in 100% hemp, 100% made in America products. EnviroTextiles, also based in Glenwood Springs, manufactures and imports more than 100 hemp fabrics from around the world. Fashion Alley exhibitors also include Hemptique, Vital Hemp, Recreator, Satori Movement, and others.

Visitors to the NoCo Global Hemp Village can travel the world of hemp through vendors from Nepal, Poland, South Africa, the Czech Republic, France, Croatia and Germany. The Village features innovative products and ideas from these international exhibitors, including hemp honey, soap, sneakers, and more. Learn about the latest in textiles and accessories, hemp beauty products, hemp foods, along with nutritional and therapeutic applications.

For tickets to the Expo and access to the full range of programming during Friday’s Industry Day and Saturday’s public events, visit http://nocohempexpo.com/ticket-sales/.

Major sponsors of NoCo Hemp Expo 4 include CBDRx, offering vertically integrated hemp extract services to the industry; EnerHealth Botanicals, promoting health and wellness products for your body and mind; and Nature’s Love, providing quality hemp extracts and Sub Zero Extracts offering extraction technology to the industry.

About NoCo Hemp Expo 4, Colorado Hemp Company and TreeFreeHemp

WAFBA LLC (We Are For Better Alternatives) is home to the NoCo Hemp Expo, TreeFreeHemp and Colorado Hemp Company, located in Loveland, Colorado and operating since 2012. Areas of focus include product and brand development, marketing, printing, production, events and advocacy. Learn more at NocoHempExpo.com, and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

ADAPT Welcomes New Member Big Metal Additive

Posted on | March 17, 2017 | No Comments

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BMA brings large additive manufacturing capabilities for aluminum parts

Golden, CO –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, welcomes their most recent member, Big Metal Additive, a new company that specializes in larger build metal additive manufacturing.

“I have been pioneering large additive manufacturing capabilities for aerospace and spacecraft applications for almost two decades and now I am excited to launch Big Metal Additive (BMA) to satisfy complex designs that meet the needs of a broad range of customers,” said BMA Founder Slade Gardner. “Colorado is the right place to be for this company launch especially with the powerful technology support that comes with ADAPT expertise.”

BMA uses a proven wire-fed, arc-based additive manufacturing method to create large, complex design structures from aluminum. The first BMA machine is a 4ft x 4ft custom-built machine from a best-in-class manufacturer of custom-made 5-axis and 3-axis CNC routers based in Colorado Springs, CO. BMA has configured this first machine for large-scale industrial additive manufacturing that can be done in an open shop environment.

“ADAPT is excited to welcome Big Metal Additive to our membership. This Colorado startup is focused on new technologies for bigger, lightweight structures and thus brings a new length scale to our membership and research activities. We are excited about this great partnership that will draw on previous research efforts and offer deep learning for better machine control,” said ADAPT Technical Director Aaron Stebner.

About Big Metal Additive

BMA was founded by Slade Gardner, formally a distinguished fellow at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. The Golden, Colorado based startup provides large additive aluminum components. Most metal additive manufacturing machines have a build volume less than a cubic foot. BMA’s build volume is more than 15 cubic feet. Dr. Gardner has a wealth of experience specifying and configuring necessary equipment for these builds with specific expertise in large scale wire based additive metal processes. For more information, visit www.bigmetaladditive.com.

About ADAPT

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. For more information, find ADAPT on the web, LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter.

NoCo Hemp Expo 4 Announces Details on Artists & Activists Tent, Concert and After Party

Posted on | March 8, 2017 | No Comments

Thursday and Saturday night concerts bookend track with two full days of programming designed specifically for artists and activists

Loveland, CO – The NoCo Hemp Expo, the largest hemp-centric event in the U.S., has announced details of its opening and closing concert events, as well as programming highlights from the Bluebird Botanicals Artists & Activists Tent. Thursday night’s kickoff concert is at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins. Saturday night’s Honor the Earth after-Expo concert is at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins. The A&A Tent will be part of the Expo on March 31 and April 1 at The Ranch Events Complex located off I-25 in Loveland, CO.

“Particularly given the current political climate and the long-standing bias at the federal level against hemp, the involvement and passion of the public through art and activism has been and is still vital to the cause of advancing the industry,” said NoCo Hemp Expo Founder Morris Beegle. “We have more work to do, and we want to educate and involve more people, as well as recognize and celebrate the successes and accomplishments we’ve achieved so far.”

The NoCo Hemp Expo kickoff concert at the Aggie Theater is Thursday, March 30 at 204 S. College Avenue. Doors open at 8:00 pm with Colorado favorites Musketeer Gripweed kicking things off  at 9:00 pm, followed by the adventurous, uncompromising and inspiring Marco Benevento who takes the stage at 10:45 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Tickets for the kickoff concert can be purchased here.

On March 31 and April 1 at the outside Expo arena, visit the Artists and Activists Tent sponsored by Bluebird Botanicals Friday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. For tickets to the Expo and access to the Artists & Activists Tent, visit http://nocohempexpo.com/ticket-sales/.

Friday’s Featured Segment:

2:30-5:30 pm – Cannabinoid Conversations Q&A Open Forum:

A lively discussion with industry experts on growing hemp for high cannabinoid profiles, lab testing, pesticides, extraction processes, manufacturing methods, regulations, compliance, quality control, pricing, keeping it craft/going industrial, lobbying, legislation, and more.

Saturday Highlights:

10:00-10:15 am – Gemma Ra Star – Earth Blessing and Song

10:15-11:00 am – Marcus Ginon, RoseBud White Plume – First Nation / Water Protectors

12:00-12:30 pm – Marc Ross – Corporate Responsibility and Community Engagement

12:30-1:00 pm – Steve Hoffman – Hemp, Regenerative Agriculture and Climate Change

1:30-2:00 pm – Nikki Florio – Buds and Bees: How Hemp Helps Save Pollinators

3:30-4:00 pm – Speaker – Ed Lehrburger – Biorefining the Future

Music throughout the day by Dave Beegle with special guests including Aviva Vuvuzela.

Saturday night’s Honor the Earth Post-Expo Concert is at Avogadro’s Number from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am. Colony Funk will perform with special guests, including Aviva Vuvuzela from Aviva and the Flying Penguins. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets for the after-Expo concert are available here.

Major sponsors of NoCo Hemp Expo 4 include CBDRx, offering vertically integrated hemp extract services to the industry; EnerHealth, offering hemp-based supplements and nutraceuticals; and Sub Zero Extracts/Nature’s Love, offering extraction technology to the industry.

About NoCo Hemp Expo 4, Colorado Hemp Company and TreeFreeHemp

WAFBA LLC (We Are For Better Alternatives) is home to the NoCo Hemp Expo, TreeFreeHemp and Colorado Hemp Company, located in Loveland, Colorado and operating since 2012. Areas of focus include product and brand development, marketing, printing, production, events and advocacy. Learn more at NocoHempExpo.com, and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Early Bird Ticket Sales for NoCo Hemp Hemp Expo 2017 End January 27

Posted on | January 14, 2017 | No Comments

Join the largest gathering of its kind in North America, where everyone has a role in Setting the Stage for Hemp Tomorrow

Loveland, CO — 01/14/2017 — Early bird tickets for NoCo Hemp Expo 2017 are on sale through January 27th. Industry experts from around the globe will be in attendance, and thousands of burgeoning entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, farmers, and consumers alike, will descend upon the Loveland location to join the hemp revolution currently underway in the USA.

The NoCo Hemp Expo Hall will be filled with exhibitors and sponsors showcasing a wide array of products, services, technology, and equipment that is set to open up a multi-billion dollar domestic industry in the next three to five years. Products include textiles and apparel, building materials, super foods, bodycare, personal wellness and health supplements, bio-plastics and composites, paper and specialty board products, nano-tech fiber technologies, extraction and processing equipment, and much more. This is where you will learn everything you need to learn about the non-psychoactive side of the cannabis plant. This is where you will learn that hemp is not marijuana.

Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama, differentiates industrial hemp from marijuana at the federal level, and legalizes the growth and production in states that have passed legislation and setup the regulatory framework through the department of agriculture. It defines industrial hemp as follows:
“The term ‘industrial hemp’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and ANY PART OF SUCH PLANT, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

The 2014 Farm Bill language reaffirms and expands the 2004 Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling on imported industrial hemp in HIA vs. DEA that protects naturally occurring cannabinoids, including delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.

This week, Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado and Congressman Thomas Massie of Kentucky reintroduced the Industrial Hemp Farming Act which would completely remove Industrial Hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. “The federal ban on hemp has been a waste of taxpayer dollars that ignores science, suppresses innovation, and subverts the will of states that have chosen to incorporate this versatile crop into their economies,” said Representative Polis.

The NoCo Hemp Expo enters its fourth year at The Ranch Events Complex on March 31 and April 1, 2017, in Loveland, Colorado. The expo has grown from just over 300 attendees in 2014 to more than 3,000 in 2016. Attendance is expected to exceed 4,000 in 2017. These numbers reflect growth nationally in market interest and production of industrial hemp. Roughly 200 acres planted in various states in 2014 grew to more than 10,000 acres planted in 2016, with an additional 2 million+ square feet of indoor greenhouse space growing high cannabinoid, non-psychoactive hemp targeted for the health and wellness sectors of industry. More than 30 states have passed hemp legislation that effectively nullifies the outdated and incorrect inclusion of industrial hemp within the Controlled Substances Act.

Colorado Hemp Company president and NoCo Hemp Expo Founder Morris Beegle recently stated, “Industrial hemp, along with all of the nutritional, nutraceutical, health and wellness benefits, are one side of the beneficiary coin for those living in the United States. The other side includes the tremendous economical and environmental benefits of allowing farmers nationwide to grow hemp without impediment from the overreaching arm of the federal government. Industrial hemp is a crop that should be managed by the Department of Agriculture, just like corn, soy, and potatoes, and should not have interference from the DEA or FDA. Industrial hemp is an ag crop…period.”

About NoCo Hemp Expo 4, Colorado Hemp Company and TreeFreeHemp
WAFBA LLC (We Are For Better Alternatives) is home to the NoCo Hemp Expo, TreeFreeHemp and Colorado Hemp Company, located in Loveland, Colorado and operating since 2012. Areas of focus include product and brand development, marketing, printing, production, events and advocacy.

Learn more at NocoHempExpo.com, and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Tune up your finances for the new year

Posted on | January 10, 2017 | No Comments

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I had the opportunity to write this piece for the new year and the January issue of a local magazine:

If you’re like many people, you enter 2017 with good intentions. Some common topics for those who want the coming year to be better than the last taking steps to improve health, relationships, travel more, and spend less and save more.

Where to start? Check your credit, make a budget, and schedule a meeting with a few key financial pros to help you get started and reach your goals.

Read the rest here: https://issuu.com/lydiasstyle/docs/2017-01_style-web/44

ADAPT Membership Yields Dividends for Reaction Systems

Posted on | January 3, 2017 | No Comments

Certification of 3D printed prototype helps win contract extension

Golden, CO – 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, has helped member company Reaction Systems win a two-year, $750K SBIR contract extension.

“This early success shows the value of collaboration between ADAPT members,” said ADAPT Technical Director Aaron Stebner.

With a Phase II SBIR project with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop a hypersonic jet engine part and a need for specialized additive manufacturing expertise, Reaction Systems turned to founding member company Faustson and ADAPT to create a prototype and keep moving the project forward.

David Wickham, Reaction Systems’ president and senior project manager, said, “The part has an intricate interior channel that can only be made this way. As it moves forward, our production volume will grow, and we’ll need ADAPT’s expertise to show the part can withstand rigorous conditions. They’ve already demonstrated they can provide useful data to help us do that, and membership helps us expand our capabilities and expertise in using catalysts on complex surfaces.”

Small manufacturers can’t justify the expense required to adopt emerging additive metal technology without a resource like ADAPT. Real-time monitoring costs hundreds of thousands of dollars they simply don’t have. ADAPT membership and access to shared resources, world-class expertise and peer organizations with complementary needs and services make it affordable for Faustson, Reaction Systems, and other small manufacturers to successfully invest in this emerging technology.

“We had no experience with additive manufacturing, and started looking around to find the expertise and resources we needed,” noted Reaction Systems COO Jeffrey Engel. “A contact at Mines connected us with founding member Faustson and ADAPT. That enabled us to quickly manufacture the part with the internal geometry it requires, something we could not have done with traditional machining techniques.”

Heidi Hostetter, ADAPT Industry Board Chair and VP of Faustson, said, “AFRL was right when they asked it to be made additively. A complex part, accelerated schedule, and low volume was tailor-made for 3D metal printing.”

Faustson worked with Reaction Systems to make the part in a few days on its Concept Laser machine. The R&D team at Mines then used the ADAPT lab equipment to characterize the part to show it met design specifications. The result was a two-year extension of the Reaction Systems contract, worth $750,000, to continue work on the part.

About ADAPT

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. For more information, find ADAPT on the webLinkedInFacebook, or Twitter.

 About Reaction Systems

Reaction Systems, located in Golden, Colorado, develops leading-edge technologies, creating new products and processes and turning them into real commercial products. Much of this work is done through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and carried out by conducting research, securing patents, and cultivating commercialization partners. The company has developed a way to improve scramjet engine ignition; created a membrane that separates carbon dioxide from a spacesuit environment to enable longer space walks; and invented a way to map and remove coke deposits to improve rocket engine performance. For more information, visit www.rxnsys.com.

ADAPT Welcomes New Member Concept Laser

Posted on | December 30, 2016 | No Comments

 Company is the first manufacturer of 3D metal printers to join consortium

 

Golden, CO – 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, welcomes new member Concept Laser, a pioneer in 3D metal printing with U.S. headquarters in Grapevine, Texas. 

“We’re honored to be part of ADAPT and its mission to provide leading R&D data on metal additive manufacturing,” said John Murray, President and CEO of Concept Laser Inc. “We are particularly pleased to be the first member that is a manufacturer of additive metal machines. We look forward to sharing our unique perspective as a manufacturer, as well as receiving valuable feedback from users.”

“We are excited to welcome Concept Laser to ADAPT and to extend our focus beyond helping businesses qualify parts to include helping manufacturers of 3D metals printers improve their technologies,” said ADAPT Technical Director Aaron Stebner.

About Concept Laser

Concept Laser GmbH is one of the world’s leading provider of machine and plant technology for the 3D printing of metal components. Founded by Frank Herzog in 2000, the patented LaserCUSING® process – powder-bed-based laser melting of metals – opens up new freedom to configuring components and also permits the tool-free, economic fabrication of highly complex parts in fairly small batch sizes.

Concept Laser serves various industries, ranging from medical, dental, aerospace, toolmaking and mold construction, automotive and jewelry. Concept Laser machines are compatible with a diverse set of powder materials, such as stainless steel and hot-work steels, aluminum and titanium alloys, as well as precious metals for jewelry and dental applications. Concept Laser Inc. is headquartered in Grapevine, Texas and is a US-based wholly owned subsidiary of Concept Laser GmbH. For more information, visit www.conceptlaserinc.com. LaserCUSING® is a registered trademark of Concept Laser.

 

About ADAPT

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. For more information, find ADAPT on the webLinkedInFacebook, or Twitter.

NoCo Hemp Expo Returns to Loveland, Colorado, Continues Growth in 2017

Posted on | December 9, 2016 | No Comments

Largest Hemp Expo in the U.S. Plans 125+ Exhibitors, 4,000+ Attendees March 31 & April 1, 2017

Loveland, CO – The NoCo Hemp Expo, the largest hemp-centric event in the U.S., returns to The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colorado for its fourth year March 31 and April 1, 2017. The event, dedicated to Setting the Stage for Hemp Tomorrow, is the most diverse scene anywhere for manufacturers, sellers, investors and consumers of industrial hemp products to connect and learn more about the fast-growing industrial hemp business.

“There’s an urgent need and strong interest across the country to put Americans to work and again lead the world in manufacturing. Hemp is the sustainable crop to make America great again,” said Expo Founder Morris Beegle. “Industrial hemp production opens the door to a wide range of manufacturing jobs and provides carbon offset to fossil fuels from growing and creating products with hemp.”

The 4th NoCo Hemp Expo provides a place to connect and learn for those in the industry and those interested in learning more about hemp, a low-to-no THC miracle plant. Many health advocates consider it a superfood because of its nutritional value and a wide variety of wellness benefits.

With some 30+ sponsors lined up, many returning after last year, the event has a limited number of sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor spaces still available, with a 10% early-bird discount available (use EARLY10 code) through December 15, 2016 or until sold out. Attendee early bird tickets go on sale December 15, 2016 at NocoHempExpo.com. After growing from 350 attendees in 2014 to 1,250 in 2015 and more than 3,200 in 2016, the 2017 event expects more than 4,000 people from around the world.

“Each year, to a growing audience, the NoCo Hemp Expo shines the spotlight on the industry’s products, producers, innovators, educators, and most of all, the truth,” added Beegle. “The benefits and potential of hemp are clear, and the more we do to educate people about that, and get hemp products available and in use everywhere, the more people realize those benefits.”

Expo events include two full expo halls; a dedicated business/industry day; the Hemp Summit with Cannabis Professional Advancement Series (CPAS) for attorneys, accountants and professional services; Fashion Alley; an Artists & Activists Tent; as well as expert speakers, workshops, demonstrations, and countless other educational and networking opportunities and a post-expo concert.

About NoCo Hemp Expo 4, Colorado Hemp Company and TreeFreeHemp

WAFBA LLC (We Are For Better Alternatives) is home to the NoCo Hemp Expo, TreeFreeHemp and Colorado Hemp Company, located in Loveland, Colorado and operating since 2012. Areas of focus include product and brand development, marketing, printing, production, events and advocacy. Learn more at NocoHempExpo.com, and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

ADAPT Additive Manufacturing Consortium Shares Progress, Receives Commitment for First Membership

Posted on | June 30, 2016 | No Comments

New equipment, funding, member commitment, R&D

marks productive six months of consortium work

 

GOLDEN, CO, June 23, 2016 — 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 advanced manufacturing – has issued an update on progress made during its first six months of work, including a commitment from its first member organization.

 

Reaction Systems, Inc., which develops leading-edge technologies, has committed to become ADAPT’s first member. “I’m impressed with the center and how much they’ve accomplished so quickly with x-ray tomography,” said David T. Wickham, Reaction Systems’ president. “We have a project with a branch of the armed forces to make a part using additive manufacturing. It has an intricate interior channel that can only be made this way. If it moves forward, our production volume jumps, and we’ll need ADAPT’s expertise to show it can withstand rigorous conditions. They’ve already demonstrated they can provide useful data to help us do that, and membership expands our capabilities and expertise in using catalysts on complex surfaces.”

 

“When we first met, they were looking at conventional machining to create this part,” notes Heidi Hostetter of ADAPT founding industry member Faustson Tool. “A complex part, accelerated schedule, and low volume was tailor-made for 3D metal printing. We worked with them to make the part in a few days, where it may have taken six weeks with conventional machining. This emerging technology has countless applications, including defense and national security. With every project we do, along with ADAPT’s research, we show people its power and potential.”

 

ADAPT has secured additional funding recently from several sources. Colorado School of Mines Materials Engineering Associate Professor Jeff King and Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor and ADAPT Technical Co-Director Douglas Van Bossuyt received a $500,000 grant from the Department of Energy to study radiation tolerance of 3D-printed metals. Confluent Medical Technologies gave a $100,000 gift to establish a named fellowship at Mines and support research toward 3D printing of shape memory alloy medical devices.

 

In the lab, Faustson provided eight build plates, Inconel powders and argon gas. Staff is currently testing 5,000 printed metal parts. A database interface based on technology from founding partner Citrine Informatics has been created, and publications are being prepared for submission this summer. Equipment procured and installed includes a Zeiss Xradia 520 Versa 3D X-ray microscope; a Keyence VHX-5000 optical measurement system; servo-hydraulic mechanical test equipment from MTS Systems Corp., and other metallurgical prep equipment, in addition to the Concept Laser M2 Cusing MultiLaser machine at Faustson Tool’s facility.

 

Staffing includes a full-time research and operations manager, two new doctoral research assistants, with three more starting in August; a fellowship; two new teaching assistants starting in August; as many as a dozen undergraduates in the work-study program; several research volunteers from the Colorado School of Mines undergraduate ranks; and a summer intern from Red Rocks Community College funded by the National Science Foundation.

 

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 and utilize the center to push their manufacturing capabilities beyond the current state and into cutting-edge 3D metal additive methods.

 

About ADAPT

The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) is an R&D organization dedicated to creating next-generation data informatics and advanced characterization technologies for additive manufacturing technologies. ADAPT helps 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, and 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. For more information, find ADAPT on the web, LinkedIn,Facebook, or Twitter.

ADAPT Additive Manufacturing Consortium Hosts Open House

Posted on | June 20, 2016 | No Comments

Facility tours, equipment demonstrations, overview of R&D efforts scheduled

 

Golden, CO – 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 – will host a public open house on Thursday, June 23, 2016. The event, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., will be held at the ADAPT Advanced Characterization Center on the Colorado School of Mines campus, Brown Hall W230, 1610 Illinois St., Golden, Colorado. Parking in any “blue” campus lot is free after 4:30 pm (lots at 18th & Illinois and on Elm between 15th & 17th are close). RSVP via this link is requested.

“We are excited to showcase the new ADAPT Center to Colorado business, academia, and the general public,” says ADAPT Executive Director Tom Bugnitz. “With this center we have the foundation for making Colorado the center of the world for metal additive manufacturing expertise, and Colorado manufacturers have first access to groundbreaking research. We’ve assembled leading-edge tools to help Colorado manufacturers and academic researchers learn and understand more about metal additive manufacturing than their counterparts anywhere else in the world. We hope prospective ADAPT members will see the value of what we’ve created and join us in making Colorado the world leader in metal additive technologies.”

Tours of the ADAPT lab will include demonstrations of a new Zeiss Xradia 520 Versa 3D X-ray microscope, the Keyence VHX-5000 optical measurement system, servo-hydraulic mechanical test equipment from MTS Systems Corporation, other metallurgical prep equipment, and the ADAPT-Citrination database.

ADAPT Technical Director Aaron Stebner notes, “The key element tying this equipment and research together is using data and artificial intelligence to learn from our analyses. Beyond giving our partners results, with this database we’re creating new ways to design and build parts using data-driven models to position our partners as world leaders in advanced manufacturing.”

There will be informal discussions on the team’s work during its first six months of research and development efforts, including work on alloys for additive manufacturing and real-time monitoring of the metal additive process. Drinks and heavy appetizers will be served.

For those attending the National Space & Missile Materials Symposium in Westminster, Colorado June 20-23, the Center is a short trip from the Westin Westminster host venue.

As ADAPT continues its work, the consortium is actively seeking academic and industry partners to support and contribute to its work focused on investigating important additive manufacturing areas, including work on advanced structure-property characterizations of metals, including 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, and number of lasers used, and more, to build a robust database.

Brown Hall is the current home of the ADAPT Characterization Center, but once the under-construction CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering is complete, ADAPT will relocate there.

About ADAPT

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. For more information, find ADAPT on the web, Facebook, or Twitter.

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