With a core focus on additive and advanced manufacturing, ADAPT stands on four pillars: visionary research, scalable education platforms, actionable strategic insights, and a vibrant academic-industry ecosystem-based at MIT. More and more AM industry players around the world are coming to the realization that cooperation among different partners, specializing in different aspects of the AM value and process chains, is of key importance to advance the industry as a whole into the next phase of its existence. Research projects leverage the multidisciplinary strengths of ADAPT’s faculty and students – spanning mechanical engineering, materials science, computer science, and business – and enables members to reach beyond the constraints of today’s AM technologies and work hand-in-hand with MIT. To complement its technical research, ADAPT will perform strategic analyses of the present and future capabilities of AM and of digitally-driven manufacturing systems. ADAPT enables its members to recruit the world’s top talent from MIT, and MIT students to connect with industry leaders in their fields of interest and expertise. Beginning this month, ADAPT will seed exploratory research projects involving faculty and graduate students; accelerate the establishment of a new, advanced additive manufacturing laboratory at MIT; and host members-only events and flagship symposia. ADAPT’s activities will also complement MIT’s leading AM education programs, including Additive Manufacturing for Innovative Design and Production, an online certificate program offered by MITxPRO; and Additive Manufacturing: From 3D Printing to the Factory Floor, a 5-day intensive short course offered through MIT Professional Education. ADAPT is directed by MIT Professor John Hart, who also leads MIT’s Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, oversees the design and manufacturing facilities in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and is widely noted for his research, teaching, and entrepreneurial accomplishments in advanced manufacturing. The ADAPT members celebrated the kickoff at the recent Formnext exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany in November, and will convene again at MIT in Spring 2019.
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