Additive Manufacturing Materials Firm Adaptive3D Relocates Local HQ to Richardson’s Innovation Quarter » Dallas Innovates

Just days after attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Richardson’s Innovation Quarter headquarters, a locally grown company is setting up a store in the new space.

Adaptive3D – a manufacturer of materials for additive manufacturing – is moving back to the city where it was founded and moving its headquarters from Plano to the recently opened IQ HQ. It’s a move that will quadruple the company’s presence as it aims to create more space for the manufacture of new materials.

“This new facility empowers our team to more effectively serve customers around the world…to make their products stronger, lighter, greener and more functional,” stated Walter Voit, Founder and CEO of Adaptive3D and Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering of UT Dallas said in a statement. “It also enables us to leverage Richardson’s incredible intellectual ecosystem to pave the way for the next generations of finished goods and products.”

A HQ with room to grow

Walter Voit holds samples of mini car seat cushions at IQ HQ during the grand opening in September. His company works with OEMs to build complete seat cushions that may have one of the highest strength-to-weight ratios in the world. [Photo: Dallas Innovates]

Founded in 2014 based on research at UT Dallas with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and others, Adaptive3D is a supplier of photopolymer elastomers. They are used in additive manufacturing to create durable rubber-like materials for industries ranging from consumer and healthcare to industrial and transportation.

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In addition to strengthening the tech ecosystem in the Richardson IQ, Adaptive3D’s move will help the company meet demand through a “big deployment” of 3D printers capable of using a new material the company is working on. Dubbed DuraChain materials, the photopolymers separate into two parts at the “nano level,” making them more durable.

“Our resins enable customers to topologically optimize and microstructure their polymer products to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage now,” Voit said in 2020 after a Series B investment led by French specialty materials company Arkema Group.

Acquisitions help Adaptive3D’s parent company generate new revenue

Adaptive3D focuses on the development of strain tolerant materials used for additive manufacturing. [Photo: Courtesy Adaptive3D]

After being backed by DSM Venturing, Applied Ventures, the founding family of Texas Instruments and others, Adaptive3D was acquired by Desktop Metals, another growing Boston-based 3D printing company. The companies said at the time that the move would advance the publicly traded desktop’s vertical integration strategy by expanding its portfolio of materials capabilities.

According to its second-quarter financial results, Desktop expects revenue of $260 million this year — up 131% year over year. The company attributed some of that growth to “contributions from acquisitions” like Adaptive3D.

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Adaptive3D complements the growing Innovation Quarter

Richardson’s Innovation District [Photo: Michael Samples]

The culmination of years of planning and work, Richardson’s Innovation Quarter is a 1,200-acre project located between Campbell Road to the north and Apollo Road to the south along a strip of land known as the Telecom Corridor. The project, anchored by the 27,500-square-foot IQ headquarters where the inauguration ceremony took place last week, aims to bring together stakeholders from tech startups to established international companies, university researchers and public stakeholders to transform the city into one global player to make the ecosystem.

Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker said the IQ could provide a place to build a business or commercialize the research coming from UT Dallas and other North Texas institutions. The IQ aims to attract hundreds of small businesses and startups that could eventually morph into unicorns or go public, rather than focusing on attracting a big-name company or two to settle in the city.

In addition to Adaptive3D’s new headquarters, IQ HQ will house the City of Richardson’s Office of Economic Development and Office of Strategic Initiatives, as well as a number of research centers focused on things like intelligent mobility, applied AI and machine learning under the Adaptive3D umbrella the Centers for Emergent Novel Technology in the Innovation Quarter.

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“This move also signals the strength and importance of partnerships with key academic institutions like UT Dallas and the role they play in fostering the collaborative development of future-ready technologies within IQ,” Volker said in a statement.

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