3D Systems and Penn State Launch Partnership to Support U.S. Aerospace and Defense Industry Adoption of Direct Metal Printing...
- 3DS' Direct Metal Printing technology and on-site technical
staff featured at Center for Innovative Materials Processing
- Center is official Additive Manufacturing R&D Center for
DARPA, Navy, and America Makes
- Facility helps defense and aerospace industry qualify and adopt
3DS metal technology
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today a partnership with
Pennsylvania State University to support operations in the Center
for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital
Deposition (CIMP-3D). This center serves as the official Additive
Manufacturing Demonstration Facility for the U.S. Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and is a major component of a
Department of Defense University Affiliated Research Center and
strategic facility for the aerospace and defense sector.
This lab includes direct metal printing experts from Penn State
and 3DS conducting research together on 3DS' state-of-the-art
ProXTM Direct Metal Printing (DMP) technology. The collaboration
has three basic goals: to develop cutting-edge, high-resolution DMP
technology; to enable government agencies (including DARPA and the
Navy) to sponsor projects that qualify DMP for defense companies'
adoption; and to provide training in 3DS' DMP technology within the
U.S. defense/aerospace workforce.
"The CIMP-3D is a great national institution and we are honored
to be working with Penn State to advance American innovation and
national security through direct metal printing technology," said
Neal Orringer, 3D Systems' Vice President of Alliances and
Partnerships. "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."
"We are extremely excited by the prospect of establishing true
collaboration with a leading U.S. 3D printing technology provider,"
said Dr. Richard Martukanitz, Director of the Center for Innovative
Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition. "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
3DS and Penn State researchers are working on-site on several
Government-funded projects, including:
- Air Force research to accelerate wider adoption of DMP,
beginning with Honeywell Aerospace's supply chain, focused on
producing and rapidly qualifying 3D printed metal aerospace
- An Air Force effort to establish an architecture for
manufacturers such as Northrop Grumman and Honeywell to integrate
DMP into manufacturing networks on their 21st century factory
floors and embed quality control monitoring equipment; and
- Navy projects to develop performance and safety processes for
qualifying DMP in key production processes.
Today, the 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
On October 7 – 8 the center will host the Technology Exchange on
Coordination of U.S. Standards Development for Additive
Manufacturing to initiate dialogue for development and coordination
of additive manufacturing standards. In advance of the conference,
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
Additionally, CIMP-3D regularly hosts industry practicums and
technology exchanges, working in close collaboration with numerous
government organizations and standards bodies including the ASTM
F42 Subcommittee, American Welding Society C7 and D20 Committees,
Metallic Materials Properties Development and Standardization,
Department of Defense JDMTP, and ASME Design, Materials, and
Learn more about 3DS' commitment to manufacturing the future
today at www.3dsystems.com.
About CIMP-3D at Penn State
The Pennsylvania State University operates the Center for
Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition
(CIMP-3D), a University-wide activity that encompasses a broad
range of disciplines and capabilities in additive manufacturing
(AM) technologies. The Center encompasses 35 faculty across four
colleges and three research institutes of the University, as well
as a state-of-the-art additive manufacturing laboratory for
polymeric, metallic, and ceramic materials.
The goal of CIMP-3D is to develop and nurture a world-class
resource for AM for critical applications. In addressing this
mission, CIMP-3D seeks to:
- advance enabling technologies required to successfully
implement AM technology for critical components and
- provide technical assistance to industry through selection,
demonstration, and validation of AM technology as an "honest
- promote the potential of AM technology through training,
education and dissemination of information.
Additional information on the Center for Innovative Materials
processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D) may be found
About 3D Systems
3D Systems provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D
digital design and fabrication solutions available today, including
3D printers, print materials and cloud-sourced custom parts. Its
powerful ecosystem transforms entire industries by empowering
professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life
using its vast material selection, including plastics, metals,
ceramics and edibles. 3DS' leading personalized medicine
capabilities include end-to-end simulation, training and planning,
and printing of surgical instruments and devices for personalized
surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its
democratized 3D digital design, fabrication and inspection products
provide seamless interoperability and incorporate the latest
immersive computing technologies. 3DS' products and services
disrupt traditional methods, deliver improved results and empower
its customers to manufacture the future now.
Leadership through Innovation and
- 3DS invented 3D printing with its Stereolithography (SLA)
printer and was the first to commercialize it in 1989.
- 3DS invented Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing and was
the first to commercialize it in 1992.
- 3DS invented and commercialized its patented, ground-breaking
force-feedback haptic devices in 1993.
- 3DS invented the ColorJet Printing (CJP) class of 3D printers
and was the first to commercialize 3D powder-based systems in
- 3DS invented MultiJet Printing (MJP) printers and was the first
to commercialize it in 1996.
- 3DS pioneered virtual surgical simulation (VSSTM) and virtual
surgical planning (VSP®) as part of its portfolio of leading 3D
healthcare products and services.
- 3DS pioneered scan-based design with the release of the
patented Geomagic Design X (XOR) software in 2006.
Today its comprehensive range of 3D printers is the industry's
benchmark for production-grade manufacturing in aerospace,
automotive, patient specific medical device and a variety of
consumer, electronic and fashion accessories.
More information on the company is available at
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