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SINTAVIA

Soaring Above

SPECIAL SECTION

rapid

sintavia may be new to the metal additive market, but it
is thriving with aviation veterans. by janice hoppe-spiers

sintavia specializes in additive
manufacturing for critical
industries, including aerospace.

Brian Neff's passion for aviation
runs as deep as his roots in the industry. Serving for more than 15 years
on both the operational and maintenance sides of the market, it wasn't
until six years ago when Neff had an
"aha" moment that would change the
course of his career in the aviation
and aerospace industry.
In 2010, Neff purchased jet engine
maintenance company CTS Engines
after serving as CFO and later pres-

ident of Southern Air from 2003 to
2009. "As part of CTS, I was taking a
tour of a competitor in Germany and
the guy who was giving the tour told
me to come into this room and look
at what they were doing," he remembers. "They had laser printers. I had
never heard of metal printing prior to
that and had no idea what it was.
"This is the kind of industry that
grabs ahold of you from a financial
and engineering standpoint," he con-

tinues. "It was at that moment in December 2011 when I realized I wanted
to be involved in this technology. It is
cool, neat and there are a lot of applications for it."
When he returned from Germany,
Neff brought the idea to aerospace
industry veteran Doug Hedges who
was serving as CTS's senior engineer
at the time. It took two-and-a-half
years, but at the end of 2014 the pair
finally spun Sintavia out of CTS as a

Sintavia / www.sintavia.com / Headquarters: Davie, Fla. / Employees: 26 / Specialty: Additive manufacturing / Brian Neff, CEO: "It was at
that moment in December 2011 when I realized I wanted to be involved in this technology."

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