Sample data from the ZEISS Xradia 520 Versa 3D X-ray microscope at the ADAPT Center. Image courtesy of Zeiss. 
June 2016
In this issue:
adapt-open-houseJoin us for the ADAPT Open House on June 23
Come see the Xradia 520 Versa at the ADAPT Open House
Manufacturer's Edge and the ADAPT Center would like to invite you and your co- workers to join us for an open house at the new ADAPT Advanced Characterization Center at Colorado School of Mines (Brown W230, 1610 Illinois St. Golden, CO 80127) on Thursday June 23, 2016 from 5 - 8 pm. We will demonstrate our new facilities (including the new Zeiss Xradia Versa 520 X-ray Microscope), provide informal debriefs of our first 6 months of R&D efforts, and answer any questions you may have about ADAPT. More importantly, this will also be the first outreach event for our center, so come help us celebrate with drinks and heavy appetizers. For more details check out the event on Facebook or the official invitation on the ADAPT Website. We hope to see you there!

geotechGeotech Field Days - June 23 & 24
On June 23nd and 24th, 2016 , Geotech will present the 8th Annual  Geotech Field Days  event. Two days of equipment demos and hands-on training on a wide variety of Geotech state-of-the-industry instruments, plus food, drink, and comprehensive networking are all part of this prestigious event. And it's all FREE!  You and your colleagues are invited to learn more about our product lines and interact directly with manufacturers and esteemed national service providers. To find out more and to register, visit Geotech's website
beers-gearsBeers & Gears - Longmont Edition - July 14
The City of Longmont and the Longmont Economic Development Partnership host to our next edition of Beers & Gears. We will be touring a Manufacturer's Edge Transformational Company, Custom Microwave. They will discuss the progress and changes made under our guidance and show off technology pioneered for the aerospace industry. There will also be tours of Longmont's TinkerMill, where several small manufacturing companies sharing work space and innovate new techniques and technology for many industries.

We will conclude the tours with one of Colorado's finest microbreweries, Left Hand Brewing Company. Left Hand has been producing award winning innovative beers since 1994, and is excited to showcase their facility and processes, and of course, their beer. 

This event is sponsored by BKD CPAs & Advisors. Every year at the Colfax Marathon they have a contest called the "Manufacturer's Cup" where teams of manufacturers from around the state compete in the marathon for the honor of making their facility home to the Manufacturer's Cup trophy. The trophy will be awarded by BKD to the winner of the Manufacturer's Cup during the happy hour session following the tours.

As always, out of respect for our sponsors, Beers & Gears is for Manufacturers only. We also ask that unless you are part of one of the companies/teams that competed for the Manufacturer's Cup, to please limit registrations to no more than 3 people per company. If you have any questions on registration please contact Marketing Manager, Nathan Morimitsu.

For more details and to register, visit our website

vorticVortic Watch Company Receives $40,000 Grant
Grant awarded to research Additive Manufacturing with Penn State
Additive Manufacturing, more popularly known as 3D Printing, is set to revolutionize advanced manufacturing in many industries, and the manufacture of finely crafted timepieces is no exception.

Vortic Watch Company, based in Fort Collins, Colorado was recently awarded a $40,000 grant through the AM Challenge for Small Businesses program from America Makes, Penn State and the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). The challenge focused on concepts that utilize Additive Manufacturing for improving a current product or developing0 new products. Vortic was selected to work with the CIMP-3D lab at Penn State to research and develop methods for 3D printing titanium watch housings for their precision watches. You can read more about the grant here, and see some of the great work Vortic is doing on their website or on their Facebook Page

r-d-creditsResearch & Development Credits for Inbound Companies
Article by Ashley Thompson
BKD Logo
The federal research and development (R&D) tax credit was created by Congress in 1981 as an incentive to increase R&D spending in the United States. Since then, the credit has been extended several times and made permanent by the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015. The R&D tax credit is applicable to all sizes of companies in a variety of industries. Manufacturers, software developers and technology companies commonly claim this incentive; however, it also can apply to contractors, engineering firms and financial institutions. Ultimately, the R&D tax credit is an incentive for any company to invest in the development of new or improved technology.

Research credits are driven by wage, supply and contract research expenses related to qualified research projects, which must meet these requirements:
  • Research must have been conducted to discover information intended to be useful in the development of a new or improved business component, e.g., process, technique, formula, invention or software item
  • Research must be technological in nature and rely on the principles of the hard sciences, i.e., engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, etc.
  • Uncertainty regarding the development or improvement of a business component must exist at the outset of the project
  • A process of experimentation must be used to eliminate the uncertainties. A process of experimentation includes the development of one or more alternatives and the use of a process to test and evaluate the alternatives
Read the full article here.
kids-connectionKids Connection Updates:
Be a mentor and change the world!
Want to help girls start a business or a nonprofit project? Volunteer to be a  mentor for Cool Girls Science and Art Club and change the world with e-STEAM (entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics skills development).

Two one-week sessions will be offered this summer to help girls build ideas and strategies and then pitch them to investors.

Session 1 (Grades 1-3): July 25-29
Session 2 (Grades 4-5): August 1-5
9:00 am - 1:00 pm daily
Program organizer: Cool Girls board member/Leeds graduate Katie Lewis

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Mary Golden, Director at For more information, call 303.931.2280 or visit the website at
Upcoming Adams County Education Consortium Events
Adams County Education Consortium is in the planning stages for its two fall programs: Experience 9to5 and Career Expo.

Experience 9to5 is a job shadow resource to help students validate or eliminate career options and education pathways. Over 45 organizations in the Denver Metro Region invite students to join them for a couple hours of hands-on activities, behind the scenes fun, and Q&A. Find out more about the program here.

The annual Career Expo has been igniting career discovery since 2005 when it became the first youth career expo of its size along the Front Range. Regional and local partners recognize this event as a pivotal introduction for 8th graders to professionals representing career options in most of Colorado's Industry Career Clusters. Find out more about the Career Expo here.

Stay tuned for details regarding opportunities for manufacturers to participate and connect with students and schools.  Learn more by visiting the website or contact Executive Director Chuck Gross at
featured in CompanyWeek
CompanyWeek article by Jamie Siebrase
Founded: 2010
Privately owned
Employees: 35, plus seasonal employees

Co-founders Justin English and Stephen Chavez nudged their way into the billion-dollar cookware industry by making ice cubes cooler than ever before.

English was working in private equity in 2005; Chavez ran a kitchen countertop distribution center, where he sold soapstone. Both men were troubled over soapstone's environmental impact: Up to 80 percent of all soapstone is discarded due to naturally occurring flaws, and unwanted blocks are left behind on the roads of quarries. Chavez and English wanted to mitigate some of that waste, and when they noticed soapstone was naturally cold an idea sparked.

English and Chavez began turning soapstone scraps into whiskey rocks that they gave to Chavez's clients as gifts. "In 2010, we went commercial with it," says English. "We were literally selling rocks in a box."

SPARQ launched its recycled soapstone whiskey rocks on Groupon in December -- "back when Groupon was just one product, one email a week," English says. In January, English and Chavez took their rocks "through the show circuit," as English puts it, starting in Atlanta at the largest gift show, where they picked up a whopping 70 clients in one fell swoop(...) 

Read the full article here
upcoming-eventsUpcoming Events
Visit our website for a complete calendar of manufacturing events taking place around Colorado
Official NASA Logo
ADAPT Open House
June 23, 2016 5-8pm
Advanced Characterization Center at Colorado School of Mines

ADAPT is seeking academic and industry partners to extend Additive Manufacturing; a cross-cutting technology poised to touch every manufacturing sector.  Learn more .

Aerospace & Defense Small Business Industry Day 
June 28, 2016
Sheraton Denver West Hotel

This statewide fair will provide: an overview of the Colorado aerospace industry, networking and contractor matchmaking opportunities.  Learn more .

Manufacturing Day 
October 7th, 2016

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Although Manufacturing Day officially occurs on the first Friday in October-this year is  Oct 7, 2016. Learn more.