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SINTAVIA

Sintavia differentiates itself through
its aligned in-house quality system.
"We are focused on aviation, which
is a difficult industry to manufacture
for," Neff explains. "We are putting
metal parts on an airplane that will fly
for 25 years and the parts can't break.
The quality standards are the highest
of any industry - much higher even
than the FDA for a hip replacement,
for example. If you have an airplane
up 39,000 feet in the air and there's a
problem, that's a catastrophic issue to
contend with."
Sintavia chose the hardest market
to succeed in and has become a global leader in the industry. When the
company started, the most important part of the facility was the metallurgical and powder laboratory - not
the printers. "Printing is important
but not as much as the overall process itself," Neff explains. "A vertically aligned aerospace quality system

sintavia is vertically integrated so
it can control performance and
produce the highest-quality results.

that we maintain is a really big deal
and that differentiates us from other
people who are dabblers or outsource
their quality systems to others."
The company prides itself on being vertically integrated so it can
control performance, receive instant feedback and produce the highest-quality results. Sintavia is fully
optimized with high-speed metal
printers co-located alongside precision post-processing equipment, a
full complement of mechanical testing equipment and a fully accredited
metallurgical and powder laboratory.
It is able to optimize parameters, serially manufacture and audit quality
for critical industries.
"Another differentiator for us is
that we are one of very few companies
with a truly vertically aligned aerospace quality system," Neff notes.
"That's a big differentiator and customers recognize that. They understand what it takes to manufacture in
this industry and you can't be a hob-

byist. You have to be in the production role."

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standalone company that focused on
additive manufacturing.
"As soon as it became apparent
that the big OEMs were willing to use
this technology more and more, we
realized that there needed and still
needs to be a tiered supply chain that
supports the technology because it is
unique and specialized," Neff says.
Located in Davie, Fla., with a staff
of 26, Sintavia is the global, independent leader within the advanced
manufacturing supply chain for critical industries, including aerospace
and defense, oil and natural gas, and
industrial gas turbomachinery.
"Oil and gas exploration is a fairly
new market and it is a good market
for us," Neff says. "It's been very rewarding for us to look back over the
last three years and see all that we
have accomplished."

Industry Veterans
Neff and Hedges each have two decades or more in the industry and
have built long-standing relationships. In 2015, CTS - where Neff also
serves as CEO - was named Boeing
Supplier of the Year in the Support
and Services categories. "Through
CTS we have great relationships with
OEMs - Boeing, GE and Lockheed
Martin - that we can leverage on the
Sintavia side," Neff says.
Although it is still a young company,
Sintavia is recognized in the industry
for the quality of its product in terms
of data and representation. "Once
you do that and get your product out
there, people want to work with you,"
Neff says.
"I think it's a combination of
cross-fertilization with CTS and also
the professionals we have in our business," he adds. "We have really
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