Adaptive3D was founded by inventor Walter Voit, Ph.D., in Dallas, TX. The core chemistry was originally developed through the course of a DARPA funded project and the company is the recipient of a highly competitive Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation.
Additive Manufacturing suffers from a legacy embedded in rapid prototyping where materials properties were secondary to form and fit. As Additive Manufacturing transitions into true manufacturing, it is material properties that become the predominate driver and limiting factor. In this respect, material properties fall woefully short through the industry and severely limit the applications and markets in which this revolutionary platform can be leveraged.
Adaptive3D’s portfolio of photopolymeric resins are optimized for the production of end use parts and products. With high tear strength, high elongation and market leading toughness, these materials are the perfect solution for true Additive Manufacturing of flexible elastomeric parts. In particular, Adaptive3D’s resins excel as the 3d printed version of elastomers such as rubbers, polyurethanes and silicones. With high elasticity and a range of Shore A durometer resins, Adaptive3D has become the leader in elastomeric solutions for Additive Manufacturing.
Adaptive3D leverages a proprietary reaction chemistry that imparts elongation and toughness to photopolymeric resins that can withstand end use in demanding environments such as footwear, transportation, oil& gas and industrial settings. This technology, developed at The University of Texas at Dallas with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), can be connected to well-known chemical families such as acrylates, which results in high performance materials that are easy to process because they are one pot, one part, pot-stable chemistries. This combination of properties that match traditional materials like nitrile butyl rubber, polyurethane and silicones with ease of processing and scalability lead to enormous opportunities.