BETHESDA, MD—Lockheed Martin Corp. and Sintavia LLC, are collaborating to expand research on metal additive manufacturing as an alternative to castings and forgings. Additive manufacturing has the capability to improve efficiencies in existing castings and forgings supply chains, and provide parts with a higher level of detail and greater design opportunities.

Sintavia is an additive manufacturing supplier to Lockheed Martin, supporting several programs in the production of metal 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.

“Sintavia and Lockheed Martin are committed to improving the capability, agility and competitiveness of the defense industrial supply base,” says Brian Neff, Sintavia’s founder and CEO of Sintavia. “Our partnership with Lockheed Martin seeks to identify and streamline manufacturing inefficiencies, specifically in the production of flight critical structures.”