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Boeing and Northrop Grumman Join AM Forward Program

Our Bureau - : Aug 19, 2022 - : 7:46 am

Boeing and Northrop Grumman are joining the Additive Manufacturing Forward (AM Forward) program, a White House initiative to help smaller US-based suppliers increase the use of 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing technologies.

The voluntary program, unveiled by President Joe Biden in May, seeks to boost suppliers’ use of additive manufacturing. AM Forward is organized by the non-profit Applied Science & Technology Research Organization of America (ASTRO America).

Boeing and Northrop Grumman join the growing list of companies that have joined the program, including GE Aviation, Siemens Energy, Raytheon Technologies, Honeywell, and Lockheed Martin. The OEMs will purchase additively produced parts from smaller US suppliers, train supplier workers on new additive technologies, provide technical assistance, and engage in standards development and certification.

Boeing and Northrop Grumman both aim to increase the number of small- and medium-sized suppliers competing over quote packages for products using AM. Boeing will also aim to increase its qualified small and medium supplier capacity by 30% and provide technical guidance to meet qualification requirements.

“We know the competitiveness of the US industrial base, including Boeing, relies on the capability of a wide spectrum of suppliers producing and post-processing critical aerospace parts,” said Melissa Orme, Vice President for additive manufacturing at Boeing.

“The supply chain crisis isn’t just about building out ports. It’s about building up parts – right here in America’s small business factories,” said Neal Orringer, CEO of ASTRO America.

Technologies such as AM have the ability to reduce part lead times and materials costs by 90%, and cut energy use in half.

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