This is an interesting partnership: a global security and aerospace company (Lockheed Martin) on the one hand and a designer and manufacturer of advanced propulsion and thermodynamic systems (Sintavia) join forces to expand research of metal additive manufacturing (AM) opportunities as an alternative to castings and forgings.
This is not the first collaboration between both companies. Sintavia has been providing Lockheed Martin with several metal 3D printed parts to support the aerospace company’ various programs. According to a press release, the new collaboration will explore additional AM technology areas, including laser powder bed fusion, electron beam-directed energy deposition and friction stir AM.
“Sintavia and Lockheed Martin are committed to improving the capability, agility and competitiveness of the defense industrial supply base,” said Brian Neff, Sintavia’s founder and CEO. “Our partnership with Lockheed Martin seeks to identify and streamline manufacturing inefficiencies, specifically in the production of flight critical structures.”
This enhanced relationship builds on the White House initiative “AM Forward,” announced by President Joe Biden in May, a voluntary compact aimed at strengthening U.S. supply chains by supporting U.S.-based suppliers’ adoption and deployment of AM.
“Lockheed Martin’s collaboration with Sintavia demonstrates our dedication to the White House’s AM Forward campaign in reducing overall operating costs and strengthening our domestic supply chain, efforts that are in line with our 21st Century Security vision,” said David Tatro, vice president for Operations Process Transformation at Lockheed Martin.
The announcement follows the recent development of a proprietary niobium printing technology by Sintavia.
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