As part of our long-term commitment to the advancement and growth of Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), PADT is now a Silver Member of America Makes. We join many of our customers and partners in supporting this National Institute that is focused on "helping the United States grow capabilities and strength in 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing." This is an important step in our journey, which started in 1994 when PADT purchased our first Stereolithography machine. Our Rapid Prototyping team, lead by PADT Co-Owner Rey Chu, has been a key player in the industry over the years – as leaders in the Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG), an early channel partner for Stratasys, and as the largest provider of Additive Manufacturing services in the Southwestern US.
We joined America Makes because it is delivering on its mission of collaborating on innovation, overcoming challenges that the industry faces, and accelerating overall time to market for companies that use additive manufacturing. As a member we will be able to work closer with others, have access to intellectual property developed by America Makes, and gain access to consolidated technical information. One of our first efforts will be to work with America Makes on our initiatives to advance simulation and design for Additive Manufacturing. We will also work with other companies in the Southwest that are already engaged with America Makes to support them and further the growth of the technology in the region. Membership will also facilitate our ongoing support of the educating of students on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing.
It was extra special to see that ANSYS, Inc. became a Platinum member at the same time as PADT joined as a Sliver member. As many of you know, PADT is a long time ANSYS Channel Partner and a close collaborator with the ANSYS development teams. Working together on Additive Manufacturing simulation efforts with ANSYS was another key reason why we joined.
The future of Additive Manufacturing looks bright, and PADT is proud the play the role we have in the past, and look forward to the additional contributions we will be able to add through America Makes.
Based in Youngstown, Ohio, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute was founded in 2012 as the flagship institute of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. It is a true public-private-academic initiative.