MIT Launches ADAPT Consortium

The Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies (ADAPT) consortium focuses on scaling new manufacturing technology through partnership between industry and academia.


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MIT has formed the Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies (ADAPT), a consortium focused on scaling new manufacturing technology through research, education, actionable insights, and an MIT-based ecosystem that pairs industry and academia.

Founding members of ADAPT include ArcelorMittal, BigRep GmbH, Dentsply Sirona, Electro-Optical Systems (EOS), Formlabs, General Motors, Mimaki Engineering, Protolabs, Renishaw, Robert Bosch GmbH and Volkswagen AG.

“AM and the path towards a responsive, digital manufacturing infrastructure both within and between organizations, requires multidisciplinary expertise at the cutting edge of mechanical engineering, computer science, materials and other fields,” says MIT professor John Hart, leader of the university’s Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity. He continued, stating that the university launched ADAPT to enable a next generation of production technologies, wherein AM is a cornerstone.

ADAPT is already investing in exploratory research projects with faculty and graduate students, and accelerating the establishment of a new, advanced AM laboratory at MIT. ADAPT activities also complement MIT’s leading AM education programs like Additive Manufacturing for Innovative Design and Production, an online certificate program offered by MITxPRO with manufacturing and engineering support from Protolabs.