Advanced Materials & Additive Manufacturing Infrastructure Development and Education Alliance
The manufacturing landscape is changing as 3D printing technology solutions penetrate industries from aerospace to consumer goods to energy. As the additive manufacturing industry grows, so does the demand for new materials that can meet diverse customer needs. The versatility of plastics and plastic composites make them a logical choice for additive applications, but at what environmental cost? As the world faces a growing plastics crisis, how can we responsibly meet the demand for new materials while creating a truly sustainable supply chain?
With the support of an Advanced Industries Infrastructure Grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), CCIA is undertaking a new initiative to support the development of sustainable materials for use in additive manufacturing; the Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing Infrastructure Development and Education (AMIDE) Alliance. Working in partnership with Vartega, Inc., the ADAPT Center at the Colorado School of Mines, and Colorado State University, with support from the Autodesk Foundation and the 3D Printing Store, the AMIDE initiative will oversee the development of three new Centers for Innovation in 2019-2020 to support this lofty new goal.
Identifying and testing new materials, including recycled and organic materials, for use in 3D printing to close the thermoplastics supply chain gap and meet the changing needs of advanced industries.
Training the next generation of manufacturing professionals to meet demand for new skills and experience
Facilitating access to state of the art additive manufacturing equipment.
⇒ Colorado School of Mines
⇒ Colorado State University
AMIDE ALLIANCE CENTERS FOR INNOVATION
Center 1 – Colorado School of Mines
Additive manufacturing teaching lab utilizing the HP 580 Jet Fusion 3D Printer. This machine, capable of producing multiple prototype iterations at a time, in color, will be used as a teaching tool to enhance curriculum for Mines students. It will also be available for industry use through agreements with the university.
Center 2 – Colorado State University
Continuous Fiber Additive Placement Lab utilizing the Wolf Robotics IRB 2600 6-Axis Robot with Dual-Arm Controllers. This robot features a high-payload capacity and has been optimized for material handling. It will also be available for classroom and industry use for thermoplastics materials development.
Center 3 – Vartega
Commercialization Facility. This facility will feature multiple machine options for use in materials characterization and product development:
- Mercury Scientific Power Analyzer
- Sigma Designs MDK
- Hot Stage Microscope
- Steer Omega 30 Compounder
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