In today’s issue:

  • ASTRO America Joins Government of Guam and US Navy for Announcement of 3D Printing Center on Guam
  • ASTRO America Announce a First-of-its-Kind Private Equity Fund Under New DOD-SBA Initiative
  • Jointless Hull 3D Metal Printer Recognized for Technical Achievement
  • ASTRO America and FIU Hold AM Forward-FL AM Workshop in Miami
  • ASTRO’s Jason Gorey Speaks at #AMS2024
  • Coming Up!

ASTRO Joins Government of Guam and US Navy for Announcement of 3D Printing Center on Guam

In February, ASTRO joined Governor Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero of Guam and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Scott Pappano, Program Executive Officer, Strategic Submarines (PEO SSBN) at a joint meeting, where they announced a project plan for building an additive manufacturing (AM) technology and workforce education center on Guam.

This project is the culmination of efforts, spearheaded by the Governor over two years ago, to bring industrial AM to the island in order to diversify and expand Guam’s economy. She and her administration commissioned a study by ASTRO to evaluate the feasibility of bringing such technology to Guam. A strong advocate for modernizing submarine production and addressing material readiness challenges through advanced technology, Rear Adm. Pappano and his team became natural partners, especially as they implement and scale innovative solutions to modernize America’s submarine industrial base.

Guam currently hosts Submarine Squadron 15 as well as a detachment from Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, which are  both important components of the submarine industrial base. In support of ASTRO’s work in Guam and the larger Indo-Pacific region, ASTRO’s Neal Orringer and Jason Gorey participated in an NCMS Technology Showcase at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in January.

The new center is envisioned to serve a dual mission of:

  1. Advancing national security by giving the submarine industrial base abilities to print components on-demand at the point-of-need.
  2. Supporting economic development in Guam, forming a workforce skilled in key science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers, while also building out a new industry sector on-island, capable of delivering complex ship components.

Read the press release here.

This effort builds off of the initial seed contract ASTRO announced in January.

Media coverage of the contract announcement:

Read coverage of the project plan announcement here:

ASTRO America Announce a First-of-its-Kind Private Equity Fund Under New DOD-SBA Initiative

Earlier this month at the White House, Small Business Administrator Isabel Guzman and National Economic Council Director Lael Brainard announced that the partnership between Stifel North Atlantic (NYSE: SF) and ASTRO America is the first recipient of a “Green Light” to raise private capital for an SBIC Critical Technologies (“SBICCT”) fund.

Officially called the AM Forward Critical Technologies SBIC, the Fund is actively fundraising and moving forward with the final SBA licensing process.

The SBA-DoD SBICCT initiative is the first program under a historic SBA-DoD collaboration, launched by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and SBA Administrator Guzman in December 2022. By pairing private capital with SBA administered leverage, the initiative will support private sector investment in US national security-vital component-level technologies and production processes. The structure will achieve the important mission of bolstering U.S. national security and the Defense Industrial Base without reliance on deficit funding, while supporting American small businesses.

ASTRO is thrilled to be a part of this effort. Stay tuned for additional announcements.

Read the press release here.

The White House readout can be read here; the SBA overview of the event can be read here.

More information on the SBA-DoD SBICCT initiative can be found here.

Jointless Hull 3D Metal Printer Recognized for Technical Achievement

It’s worth noting that the very printer ASTRO leadership discussed with key decision-makers at NCSM’s Technology Showcase in Honolulu just earned the 2024 Technical Achievement Award for 3D Printing Innovation at the 8th Annual Military Additive Manufacturing Summit & Technology Showcase.

The award is presented to a government or industry representative, or group, in recognition of their profound contributions and diligent work in the field of additive manufacturing, as well as implementation in supporting the Defense Industrial Base. It was established in 2021 by Defense Strategies Institute, to showcase current/future innovations occurring in the 3D printing space, which will benefit other members of industry, as well as government partners.

This award encourages continued efforts by industry and government toward developing 3D printing solutions that will benefit military operations. The award is presented to demonstrate how important AM technologies are in solving supply chain issues, and how each person, or group, is helping to lead the way in transforming how they are used.

ASTRO is honored to be a part of this effort.

ASTRO America and FIU Hold AM Forward-FL AM Workshop in Miami

Third Regional AM Workshop Gathers More Than 100 Stakeholders to Develop Plan to Address Supply Chain Challenges, Keep Florida on the Cutting Edge of Technology

In January, ASTRO and Florida International University (FIU) hosted a two-day additive manufacturing (AM) workshop in Miami. “Pioneering Additive Manufacturing in South Florida” featured keynote speakers David Tatro, vice president for Operations Process Transformation, Lockheed Martin; Brian R. Neff, Chief Executive Officer of Sintavia LLC; Thomas N. Ackerson, Principal Materials & Process Engineer – Metallurgy for Blue Origin LLC; FIU President Kenneth Jessel; Inés Triay Melendez, FIU Interim Dean, College of Engineering & Computing; and Neal Orringer, CEO of ASTRO America.

This was the third regional workshop to engage government, academic, and industry stakeholders in crafting a collaborative plan for maturing additive aerospace, defense and energy supply chains in Florida. The workshops are part of ASTRO’s AM Forward FL (AMF-FL) program, launched at Florida State University and supported by the National Science Foundation via a NSF Engine Development Grant retitled Advancing Additive Manufacturing Technologies.

ASTRO’s Jason Gorey Speaks at #AMS2024

This month, ASTRO’s Jason Gorey attended Additive Manufacturing Strategies 2024, produced by and Additive Manufacturing Research.

The Growth Strategies Track focused on additive manufacturing in the supply chain and Jason was featured on a panel titled, “Reshoring with AM,” alongside moderator Andy Davis of The Barnes Global Advisors, and fellow speakers Kristin Holzworth (Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment Program) and Roxanne Warren (BlueForge Alliance).

Coming Up

  • AMUG Conference (March 10-14 Chicago)
  • America Makes TRX (April 9-11 Denver) – Featuring ASTRO’s Bill Tredway
  • AMGTA Annual Member Summit (June 24 Los Angeles)
  • RAPID+TCT (June 25-27 Los Angeles)