ADC Celebrates 30 Years!

On August 3rd, 1993, Mark Schaefer founded ADC as an Engineering Design Firm. There were four employees total, and the first office was located on Stoneridge Drive in Waukesha, WI. Within two years, ADC moved to Woodgate Road in Pewaukee.

In 1996 a CGI Machine was purchased and offered the first reverse engineering capabilities. This was a sign of the growth that followed over the next three years as ADC went on to add CNC/Tooling capabilities. In 2001, Mark expanded even more by acquiring ADC’s first plastic injection molding machine. 2001 also marked the year that Mark Schaefer received a professional engineer license and was honored by Small Business Times as a Future 50 winner.

2002 was a big year as ADC expanded our reverse engineering by becoming a beta site for Geomagic software and purchasing our first scanner. We also made a big move and doubled our space by moving to Paul Road, where we remain today.

The following year Mark Schaefer, President, and Jim Marschalek, Vice President, became PTC certified to offer Pro/E (now called CREO) software training.

We now have two 3D printers, a Vanguard SLS and a Stratasys Fortus 400 FDM.

Throughout 2011-2012 we added a Faro Arm to expand on-site scanning capabilities and became an authorized reseller of 3D Systems Products. Not only were we expanding our scanning and reverse engineering departments, but we were also growing our molding capabilities with the acquisition of a JSW 200-ton servo-electric plastic injection molding machine.

In 2015 ADC initiated a remodeling project to create more manufacturing space at our home office at N27 W23655 Paul Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072.

Over the next 8 years, we experienced abundant growth by investing in a dedicated plastic injection molding space next door and adding two brand new 3-Axis Hurco CNC Machining Centers (VMCs), a new large 350-ton JSW plastic molding machine with a part capacity of 1.8 pounds, and invested in a new energy efficient electric Engel plastic injection molding machine: a 120-ton machine with part capacity up to 0.6 pounds.

At our main building, two new smart CNC Machining Centers were installed to expand our tool design services. We also expanded our service line by adding automation solutions.

In 2018 ADC purchased a brand new GOM Scanning System. The model is the ATOS Triple Scan 8M equipped with blue light technology. The narrowband blue light enables precise measurements to be carried out independently of environmental lighting conditions. The ATOS Triple Scan offers even greater resolution and accuracy for fine structures and edges and supplies full-field 3D data for complex components within a very short time.

During this time, ADC also became an ISO 9001:2015 Certified By Verisys Registrars company.

As we continue to grow, ADC looks forward to another 30 years of serving our customers at the highest level!