Sintavia, based in Hollywood, Florida, USA, has entered into a collaboration with Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, in an effort to expand the use of metal Additive Manufacturing as an alternative to castings and forgings. The partnership is said to build on the AM Forward initiative announced by US President Joe Biden, a voluntary compact aimed at strengthening domestic supply chains by supporting US-based suppliers’ adoption and deployment of AM.
Metal Additive Manufacturing 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 currently a supplier to Lockheed Martin, supporting several programmes in the manufacture and production of metal parts. The new collaboration intends to explore additional AM technology areas, including Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB), Directed Energy Deposition and friction stir AM.
“Sintavia and Lockheed Martin are committed to improving the capability, agility and competitiveness of the defence industrial supply base,” stated 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.”
David Tatro, vice president for Operations Process Transformation at Lockheed Martin, concluded, “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.”