06 Oct 2015
Academic-industrial partnership works on value of Direct Metal Printing at US Center for Innovative Materials Processing.3D Systems has announced a partnership with Pennsylvania State University to support operations at the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D).
This R&D center is the official additive manufacturing demonstration facility for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and a major component of a DoD university affiliated research center and strategic facility for aerospace and defense.
The lab includes direct metal printing experts from Penn State and 3DS, who are conducting research together on 3DS' ProX Direct Metal Printing technology. The collaboration has three main goals: to develop cutting-edge, high-resolution DMP technology; to enable government agencies (including DARPA and the US Navy) to sponsor projects that qualify DMP for defense companies' adoption; and to provide training in 3DS' DMP technology within the US defense and aerospace workforces.
Neal Orringer, 3D Systems' VP of Alliances and Partnerships, commented, “The CIMP-3D is a great national institution and we are eager to welcome aerospace and defense companies at every tier of the supply chain, as well as key defense labs, to join us as we revolutionize manufacturing.”
Dr. Richard Martukanitz, Director of CIMP-3D, added, “We are excited by the prospect of collaboration with a leading US 3D printing technology provider. Fostered by the joint technical resources of 3D Systems and CIMP-3D, our goal is to develop and provide enablers for the adoption of additive manufacturing for critical applications to the DoD and U.S. industry."
Works in progress
3DS and Penn State researchers are already working on-site on several US Government-funded projects, including:
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The CIMP-3D center is playing a multifaceted role in advancing 3D printing technology, with an expansive commercial R&D portfolio as well as a range of undergraduate and graduate education programs. On October 7-8, 2015, it is hosting the Technology Exchange on Coordination of US Standards Development for Additive Manufacturing to promote the development of additive manufacturing standards.
Ahead of the event, on October 6, 3DS and Penn State will host a Government Users Group, inviting DoD Direct Metal Printing users to a special forum to discuss additive manufacturing in metals and tour the CIMP-3D facility.
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