Mimaki’s 3D printer to be installed in MIT’s laboratory to help its additive manufacturing technology research
Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd. (Mimaki), headquartered in Nagano Prefecture, Tomi City; President, Kazuaki IKEDA, has announced Mimaki’s participation in the “ADAPT (Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies)” consortium launched by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (hereinafter called MIT) as one of the founding members.
“ADAPT” is a consortium directed by MIT professor John Hart, who leads MIT’s Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity. With the aim of supporting the advanced additive manufacturing industry, ADAPT will promote research and education for next-generation manufacturing technology based on AM (*1) processes, including 3D printing.
*1: Manufacturing methods of forming by adding materials, through AM (additive manufacturing), laminated object manufacturing, 3D printing, etc.
“We’ve been given an opportunity to install our UV flatbed inkjet printer [UJF-7151 plus] and 3D printer [3DUJ-553] at MIT to support AM-related classes and research activities. Working towards ADAPT’s vision of amalgamation and evolution of AM technology and digital production sought by MIT professor John Hart, Mimaki will continue to contribute to ADAPT activities through our inkjet technology and mass customization printing solution. And, we will feed back synergy effects gained through ADAPT activities to future product development. In this sense, it is indeed an honor that Mimaki was selected as one of the founding members of MIT’s ADAPT,” comments Yasuhiro Haba, Executive General Manager of Sales Division, Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd.
The “ADAPT” founding members held a kick-off meeting at the international trade fair for additive manufacturing and industrial production – “formnext” – held in Frankfurt, Germany in November and are scheduled to have their next meeting at MIT in Spring, 2019.
ADAPT founding members:
ArcelorMittal/Autodesk/BigRep GmbH/Dentsply-Sirona/Electro-Optical Systems Inc./Formlabs, Inc./General Motors/Mimaki Engineering/Proto Labs, Inc./Robert Bosch GmbH/Volkswagen AG