The collaboration is said to demonstrate Lockheed Martin’s commitment to the White House AM Forward initiatives

December 7, 2022

BETHESDA, Md. and HOLLYWOOD, Fla.—A new collaboration between Lockheed Martin Corporation and Sintavia, LLC, will expand research of metal additive manufacturing (AM) opportunities as an alternative to castings and forgings, the companies said in a release.

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, offers the capability to improve efficiencies in existing supply chains for castings and forgings supply chains. It can also provide parts with a higher level of detail and greater design opportunities, the companies said.

Sintavia designs and 3D prints advanced propulsion and thermodynamic systems for customers in the aerospace and defense industry. The company is an additive manufacturing supplier to Lockheed Martin, supporting several programs in the manufacture and production of metal additive parts.

The new collaboration will explore additional additive manufacturing technology areas, including laser powder bed fusion, electron beam-directed energy deposition, and friction stir additive manufacturing, according to the release.

“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, in the release. “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, AM Forward is a voluntary compact aimed at strengthening U.S. supply chains by supporting U.S.-based suppliers’ adoption and deployment of additive manufacturing.

“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, in the release.

Lockheed Martin Corporation, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 114,000 people worldwide. The company is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services.

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