Report and Guide developed for Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) to bridge experienced large companies to the small and medium-sized businesses interested in Additive Manufacturing (AM), so that our nation can meet impending manufacturing demands.

February 8, 2024. Bethesda, MD – The Applied Science & Technology Research Organization of America (ASTRO America) today, released a AM Supplier Qualification and Sourcing Report and Guide. The Report and Guide were developed for Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), to bridge the gap between experienced large companies doing AM and the small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) interested in AM, so that our nation can meet impending manufacturing demands.

“AM has the potential to resolve critical supply chain issues and create a new generation for the U.S.-based technical workforce. There is also the unique ability for AM to reduce part count in assemblies, increasing reliability and lowering costs – but barriers to adoption do exist,” said Jason Gorey, Executive Director of ASTRO America. “ASTRO is thrilled to have worked with NIAR and industry leaders to help identify and overcome some of these barriers, and to now release the AM Supplier Qualification Report and Guide.”

In February 2023, NIAR awarded a contract to ASTRO America to provide WSU a detailed roadmap to (1) address the aerospace sector’s AM capability needs; (2) organize a Workshop at Wichita State University to bring together key people from the aerospace industry, small AM suppliers, standards development organizations, and government agencies to discuss the barriers facing supplier qualification; and (3) develop a database of potential Midwest-based small suppliers that will may become the first to utilize the new AM workforce development center at NIAR.

The Guide and Report culminate nearly a year of research and collaborative work with NIAR and major U.S. companies such as Boeing, GE Aerospace, Honeywell Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, RTX (formerly Raytheon Technologies), and Siemens Energy to accelerate supply chain adoption of AM and help grow capabilities in the aerospace, defense, and energy sectors.

“We’re excited to release this Report and Guide, after seeking input from so many experts in the industry,” said Bill Tredway, Senior Manufacturing Fellow with ASTRO America and a co-Principal Investigator on the project. “We hope this will help pave the way to greater AM adoption.”

For more information on ASTRO’s work with NIAR, click here.

The Report and Guide can be found here:

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The Applied Science and Technology Research Organization of America (ASTRO America) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, non-partisan Research Institute and Think Tank. It was established in 2018 to advance the public interest through manufacturing technology and policy. Led by manufacturing professionals with broad public and private sector experience, ASTRO America supports collaborations by government agencies and companies to address supply chain challenges in highly regulated industries, including aerospace and defense.

Find out more: https://www.astroa.org/