Washington — Boeing Co and Northrop Grumman are joining a White House-backed compact to help small US-based suppliers increase their use of 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing techniques.
A voluntary program announced by President Joe Biden in May aims to promote the use of additive manufacturing (AM) by suppliers.
Driven by 3D printing, this technology allows complex shapes to be built from layers of plastic or metal particles. The Biden administration sees this as an innovation that will enable America's manufacturing industry to thrive and create jobs. The
program, Additive Manufacturing Forward (AM Forward), is organized by the nonprofit Applied Science & Technology Research Organization of America (ASTRO America).
"The crisis in his chain of supply isn't just about building ports. It's about assembling parts in small business factories here in America," he said, the CEO of ASTRO America. says Neal Orringer.
GE Aviation, Siemens Energy, Raytheon Technologies, Honeywell, Lockheed His Martin was the first to commit.
Manufacturers say they buy additively manufactured parts from small US suppliers. Train supplier workers on new additive technologies. Provide technical assistance. Participate in standards development and certification.
Boeing and Northrop Grumman both aim to increase the number of small and medium-sized suppliers competing for quote packages for products using additive manufacturing. Boeing also aims to increase the capacity of qualified small and medium-sized suppliers by 30 percent, he said, and provide technical guidance to meet qualification requirements.
"We know that the competitiveness of the U.S. industrial base, including Boeing, depends on the ability of a wide range of suppliers to manufacture and post-process critical aerospace components," he said. said Melissa Ohm, vice president of Additive Manufacturing at Boeing.
Such technology can reduce part lead times and material costs by 90% and cut energy use in half.
The White House says American companies using 3D printing and other high-performance, advanced manufacturing technologies aren't good enough.
Senior Biden administration officials Reuters The program could be expanded to the automotive and semiconductor sectors, he said. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Gerry Doyle)