President Biden inspects large, printed aerospace components while meeting with senior leadership from Sintavia, Lockheed Martin, and Honeywell in Cincinnati on May 6, 2022. The occasion was the launch of the new AM Forward supply chain initiative. From left to right are Frank St. John, COO, Lockheed Martin; Mike Madsen, CEO, Honeywell Aerospace; and Brian Neff, founder and CEO, Sintavia. (Photo courtesy AP/Andrew Harnik)

A new White House initiative, AM Forward, will develop domestic production capacity built around industrial 3D printing technology

May 9, 2022

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.—Sintavia LLC, a designer and additive manufacturer of advanced propulsion and thermodynamic systems for the aerospace and defense industry, reported it was chosen to represent the additive manufacturing (AM) supply chain in the launch of AM Forward. The new initiative, unveiled on May 6 in Cincinnati by President Biden, is a voluntary compact between large, iconic manufacturers and their smaller U.S.-based suppliers, Sintavia said in a release.

Initial participants in AM Forward include the aerospace OEMs GE Aviation, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Siemens Energy. Each of these OEMs had the opportunity to nominate an additive manufacturing supplier to participate in the launch. Both Lockheed Martin and Honeywell Aerospace chose Sintavia, a supplier that holds multiple Nadcap and other aerospace accreditations and is “committed to the highest quality standards in the industry,” according to the release.

The AM Forward compact will focus on three major goals, beginning with building a more resilient and innovative supply chain through investments in small and medium-sized companies that adopt new technologies, such as additive manufacturing. It will also focus on overcoming coordination challenges that limit the adoption of new manufacturing technologies, and on developing regional additive manufacturing ecosystems to fundamentally enhance domestic production of high-value industrial products, according to the release.

“We were very honored to be chosen by both Lockheed Martin and Honeywell Aerospace to represent the AM supply chain in the launch of this exciting new initiative,” said Sintavia Founder and CEO Brian Neff, in the release. “The products that we design and print already power and cool the flight and launch vehicles of tomorrow, but the use case potential is practically limitless, and the transformation is just getting started.

“AM Forward is an initiative that is critical to the long-term viability of American manufacturing, and we similarly call on Congress to pass the Bipartisan Innovation Act to advance research and development into additive manufacturing and other transformational manufacturing technologies,” he added.

The Bipartisan Innovation Act (BIA), currently in legislative conference, would further enhance the goals of AM Forward by establishing a Supply Chain Office at the Department of Commerce, supporting foundational technologies, such as additive manufacturing, and investing in regional tech hubs. The BIA would also increase funding for Manufacturing USA Institutes and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, according to the release.

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