The Applied Science & Technology Research Organization of America (ASTRO America) has partnered with three major aerospace manufacturers Pratt & WhitneyHoneywell, and GE to simplify the onboarding process for small 3D printing vendors.

Supported by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), and executed through America Makes, this initiative aims to establish a common additive manufacturing (AM) qualification template. Currently, aerospace manufacturers use distinct processes for onboarding suppliers, ensuring production criteria. ASTRO America aims to standardize the qualification process, reducing complexity for small businesses dealing with varied processes based on specific engine company-customer relationships.

“We are excited to work with GE, Honeywell, and Pratt & Whitney to develop a set of common qualification requirements for AM suppliers that can lessen the burden on suppliers and pave the way towards greater adoption of AM technologies,” said Bill Tredway, ASTRO America’s Senior Manufacturing Fellow and Principal Investigator for the CAM-QT project. “Small and medium size AM suppliers should be able to take advantage of a Common Qualification Template. The ripple effect will benefit the entire defense manufacturing supply chain.”

Functional Jet Engine Parts Built Using AM. Photo via GE Aerospace.Functional Jet Engine Parts Built Using AM. Photo via GE Aerospace.

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