December 7, 2022. Bethesda, MD – The Applied Science & Technology Research Organization of America (ASTRO America) released the following statement today on behalf of President Neal Orringer regarding Lockheed Martin and Sintavia’s collaboration to expand research of metal additive manufacturing (AM) opportunities as an alternative to castings and forgings. The collaboration demonstrates a commitment to the ASTRO-led AM Forward initiative, launched with President Biden earlier this year.

“One of the best ways to reduce lead times and enhance innovation is to make more things in America, with more secure, resilient supply chains. That is the idea behind AM Forward, a voluntary compact that relies on the commitment of leading manufacturers to support their U.S.-based suppliers’ adoption of new additive capabilities, because they understand that doing this will pay dividends to their business and to the economy.

“ASTRO applauds Lockheed Martin and Sintavia for their new collaboration, the renewed commitment to the AM Forward initiative, and for their leadership in strengthening our domestic supply chain

ASTRO America is the convener of parties and the implementer of AM Forward, helping partner companies support their suppliers’ adoption of additive manufacturing also known as 3D printing technology, in shops, plants, and factories across the nation. The initiative was launched by President Biden in May. Compact partners include Boeing, GE, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Technologies, and Siemens Energy.

Sintavia is an AM supplier to Lockheed Martin, supporting several programs in the manufacture and production of metal additive parts. According to the companies, the new collaboration will explore additional AM technology areas, including laser powder bed fusion, electron beam-directed energy deposition and friction stir AM

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About ASTRO America

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.

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