9/21/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

PADT, Stratasys Partner to Open AM Lab

The lab, located at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, will be dedicated to advancing the use of 3D printing for composite tooling applications.


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Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT) announced that it is teaming with Stratasys to unveil an additive manufacturing lab at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Expected to open later this fall, the Lockheed Martin Additive Manufacturing Laboratory will be dedicated to advancing the use of 3D printing for creation of composite tooling applications that address complex design and manufacturing requirements.

The centerpiece of the lab will be additive technology solutions from Stratasys, including its Fortus 900mc production 3D printer, enabling students and engineers to speed production and streamline efficiencies with 3D-printed, custom tooling solutions. The lab is funded through a grant from Lockheed Martin Space Systems and will be the only one located at a higher-education institution in the Rocky Mountain region.

“We’re excited to work with Lockheed Martin to propel creation of an additive manufacturing curriculum at MSU Denver,” said Tim Schniepp, director of composite solutions at Stratasys. “Both students and local businesses now have access to leading 3D printing solutions for development of composite structures, enabling manufacturers to save time [and] money and solve even their most unique design challenges.”

Initially deployed at MSU Denver, the additive manufacturing curriculum will later become available for use by other academic institutions across the country. Additionally, PADT will work with MSU Denver, Lockheed Martin and other users to build a Fortus 900mc users group within the Rocky Mountain region.