4/7/2017

ADAPT Welcomes "Big Metal Additive" as New Member

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The new member company is focused on technologies for creating large, lightweight structures.

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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 (BMA), a new company that specializes in larger build metal additive manufacturing.

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 4- × 4-ft. custom-built machine from a manufacturer of custom-made five- and three-axis CNC routers based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 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,” says ADAPT Technical Director Aaron Stebner.

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