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21 Aug 2018
Humanetics | 3D Printing | Adaptive Corp.

Crash Test Dummies Featured in Thomas Industry Video

Humanetics ATD, a manufacturer of crash test dummies is making a big splash in the Additive Manufacturing press. Adaptive featured Humanetics and their elderly dummy in a recent case study. The article described how they used the Markforged Mark II 3D printer and the ONYX material in the manufacturing process.

Thomas Industry Updates produced their own video starring our beloved elderly crash test dummies.

Watch the video taking the additive manufacturing industry by storm.

10 May 2018

Adaptive in the News: Design2Part A New Era of 3D Printing

In this Design2Part article, Frank Thomas explains how 3D Printing has evolved as a valid approach for manufacturers to enhance their agility on the plant floor by employing 3D printing for additive manufacturing. Whether they create replacement parts, tooling or jigs, the advancements in the durability of materials has enabled 3D Printing to be a dependable solution that is more affordable than ever before. Here are a few excerpts from Frank:

Thomas said that until fairly recently, additive manufacturing was used most often as a tool to create parts that you could hand to somebody so that they could see it, touch it, and provide some input as to what might need to be changed or modified. But that’s changed in recent years as new materials have been developed that enable printers to make stronger, more durable parts.

“Metal printing has always been there, but that has an economic value proposition that’s a bit challenging for it,” he said in an interview. “The ABS and nylon and other plastic 3D printers, up until the last couple of years, weren’t necessarily dimensionally accurate, and then they had challenges creating a part that’s functional. That’s what I think is different about the market today, compared to just, really, a couple of years ago.”

If the demand for 3D printed metal parts is going to grow significantly, especially for critical use cases, OEMs will have to be able to count on high-quality parts. Thomas believes the additive metal industry is up to the challenge because he’s already seen major improvements in quality in recent years.

“At the end of the day, this is really a materials game. If the materials that we’re able to bring to the market provide the end use quality that people are looking for, that’s critical.”

Read the entire article here

10 Apr 2018

Adaptive in the News: Metrology for the Masses

Our very own Frank Thomas was recently interviewed by Digital Engineering for the April issue that was focused on Design for Additive Manufacturing.  In this article “Metrology for the Masses“, Frank is quoted a few times where he explains some of the challenges around metrology in manufacturing.

It was good to note that the metrology market is on a growth curve for the next ten years:

The global metrology market will experience a compound annual growth rate of 6.82% through 2027, growing from $607.9 million in 2016 to $1.25 billion in 2027, according to a report by Market Research Future. That includes traditional coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) as well as portable CMMs, laser scanners and optical digitizers.

Among Frank’s comments, he noted:

Many engineers don’t understand how laser scanning or otherforms of metrology can help them, according to Frank Thomas, metrology and additive manufacturing solution specialist at Adaptive
Corp. “It would surprise you how many engineers—when we show them the ability to 3D scan a part in a minute or two and in three mouse clicks, tell them if it matches their tolerance requirements or not—have never seen that,” Thomas says. “It was not nearly as fast and simple in the past as it is today.

Read the full article here



23 Mar 2018
SIMULIA Technology Day | Adaptive

Save the Date: SIMULIA Cleveland Technology Day

Save the Date: SIMULIA Cleveland Technology Day
April 19 at 8:30 – 4:30 EST
Take advantage of the opportunity to attend this free technology day and network with other SIMULIA users in your area.

Why you should plan on attending:

  • Opportunities to talk to SIMULIA experts
  • Technical presentations from customers
  • Technology updates from SIMULIA
  • Practical tips and techniques
  • And more!
Date: April 19 at 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM EST
26300 Harvard Road, Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44122

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Dassault Systèmes is offering an Advanced Seminar on Wednesday, April 18th.

The fee to add this deeply discounted seminar will be just $150 USD.

More information coming and registration opening soon!

If you’d be interested in presenting at this event, please contact Alina Bergsman at

22 Feb 2018
Visit Adaptive Corp at AD&M Cleveland

Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo 2018

Join Adaptive Corporation at the Advanced Design and Manufacturing Expo
March 7 & 8, Huntington Convention Center, Cleveland, OH
Adaptive Corporation Booth #510 (3D Printing Pavilion)

Breaking News

Don’t Miss the  2018 Keynote Speaker John Ratzenberger
Actor | Entrepreneur | Industry Advocate
March 7, 2018 | 1:00 pm | Center Stage


Visit Adaptive Corp at AD&M ClevelandThe Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo showcases the latest in robotics, automation, plastics, packaging, and design engineering technology. The AD&M conference attracts professionals from a number of industry sectors including medtech, aerospace, automotive, and more. You can visit over 250 suppliers, connect with 2600+ professionals, and attend over 30 hours of education sessions.

The best news… It’s Free!

While you’re there, take a minute to stop by the Adaptive booth and learn about the newest PLM solutions from Dassault Systèmes, 3D printing technology from MarkForged, 3D scanning products from Creaform, and more.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Ohio’s Leading Industry Conference

  1. Unlimited Track Hopping: Choose any session across all four tracks to build the agenda that’s right for you.
  2. Leading Education: Get up to speed on key industry topics including 3D printing, smart manufacturing, hybrid vehicles, collaborative robots, machine learning, IIoT, and more.
  3. Undisputable Value: This is the only event of its kind in the region, featuring 30+ hours of in-depth, expert-led education—and it’s free!
  4. Exclusive Networking: Make connections with industry professionals at receptions and networking activities throughout the two-day conference.
  5. Curated Tours: Join a tour of the show floor to meet top suppliers and dive deep into cutting-edge topics.

Learn more about the AD&M Expo