PADT and Stratasys Create Additive Manufacturing Lab
Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT) has teamed with Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS) to unveil a first-of-its-kind additive manufacturing lab in Colorado – located at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Expected to open later this fall, the Lockheed Martin Additive Manufacturing Laboratory is unique to the state, dedicated to advance use of 3D printing for creation of composite tooling applications addressing complex design and manufacturing requirements. Empowering next-generation manufacturing, 3D printing allows designers and engineers to improve efficiency and lead times while minimizing costs.
At the centerpiece of this lab are additive technology solutions from Stratasys, enabling students and engineers to speed production and streamline efficiencies with 3D printed, custom tooling solutions addressing even the most complex designs and shapes. Backed by the Stratasys Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer, the environment is funded through a grant from Lockheed Martin Space Systems and now becomes one of the few located in Colorado and the only one at a higher-education institution in the Rocky Mountain region.
Initially deployed at MSU Denver, the additive manufacturing curriculum later will 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.