3D Systems has partnered with Pennsylvania State University to support operations in the CIMP-3D, the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition. The centre serves as the official AM demonstration facility for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Experts from Penn State and 3D Systems will conduct research on the company’s ProXTM Direct Metal Printing (DPM) 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 and aerospace workforce. 3DS and Penn State researchers are also working on-site on several government-funded projects for the Air Force and Navy.
“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 U.S. industry.”