Lockheed Martin Enhances Metal Additive Manufacturing Capability
December 20, 2022
Announcement demonstrates Lockheed Martin’s commitment to the White House AM
Forward initiative, expanding use of additive manufacturing and creating
resilient supply chains
Martin and Sintavia are collaborating to expand research of metal additive
manufacturing (AM) opportunities as an alternative to castings and forgings. AM,
also known as 3D printing, has the capability to improve efficiencies in
existing castings and forgings supply chains, and provide parts with a higher
level of detail and greater design opportunities.
Sintavia is an AM supplier to Lockheed Martin, supporting several programs in
the manufacture and production of metal additive parts. The new collaboration
will explore additional AM technology areas, including laser powder bed fusion,
electron beam-directed energy deposition and friction stir AM.
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.
“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.”
“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.
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