Dentsply Sirona Helps Found ADAPT

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Dentsply Sirona is one of the founders of ADAPTMIT’s additive manufacturing consortium

Scaling next-generation manufacturing technology is the goal of the new industry-facing consortium centre for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies (ADAPT) launched by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at the beginning of December 2018.

Dentsply Sirona, manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, supports MIT’s initiative as one of ADAPT’s eleven industry founding members.

MIT’s new ADAPT initiative focuses on additive and advanced manufacturing. As a leader in the dental industry for more than a century, Dentsply Sirona strongly supports MIT’s initiative by participating as one of the ADAPT’s founding members.

Tom Leonardi, Group Vice President Lab at Dentsply Sirona, explains: “ADAPT’s ambitious objectives fit perfectly with Dentsply Sirona’s inventive power. The overall goal of Dentsply Sirona’s ADAPT partnership is to develop the best possible solutions for both dentists and dental labs by continuously advancing dental workflows.

“We are very proud to be a member of this exciting new initiative together with such a renowned partner as MIT. Especially for dental labs, additive and digital advanced production technologies will play an even more crucial role in the future.”

Tom continues: “Thanks to our unique combination of expertise for both, technology and materials, we will contribute to and at the same time benefit from ADAPT.

“Dentsply Sirona Lab is the centre of expertise and strong partner for dental labs and technicians. Its seamless digital solutions make dental labs’ workflows more predictable and help them stay digitally connected with their dentists.

“Dentsply Sirona Lab works closely together with labs and dental technicians to develop innovative products for better, safer and faster lab workflows.”

ADAPT starts with research projects and education programs

ADAPT concentrates on four areas: visionary research, scalable education platforms, actionable strategic insights and a MIT-based academic-industry ecosystem.

Besides the initiation of exploratory research projects and the establishment of a new, advanced additive manufacturing laboratory at MIT, ADAPT will organise members-only events and flagship symposia. In addition, ADAPT will also complement MIT’s education programs in terms of additive manufacturing (AM).

MIT Professor John Hart – who directs ADAPT and leads MIT’s Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity – enthused: “I am excited to launch ADAPT to accelerate MIT’s efforts toward enabling a next generation of production technologies, wherein AM is a cornerstone.

“Moreover, AM requires multidisciplinary expertise in terms of mechanical engineering, computer science, materials, and other fields. Thus, we appreciate the support of our founding members and look forward to solidifying our research, education, and engagement programs in the coming term.”

For more information about ADAPT visit http://adapt.mit.edu