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SINTAVIA

Lean Operations

we are getting into that now. Single
aisle and narrow bodies are the next
step after that."
Neff expects the new Sintavia facility will add 110 more positions by
2020. "Once you get into the mass
production phase it's much simpler,"
Neff says. "Right now we are heavily
focused on employing engineers as
a company so they can work through
the process."
Moving forward, Sintavia expects
to continue to grow as the adoption
rate of metal additive manufacturing
in the aerospace industry increases.
"The adoption rate is what it's coming down to," Neff adds. "We are in
the early stages now for commercial,
but that rate will follow the satellite
adoption rate. It's a few years behind
that and much bigger. We do see work
in oil and gas and exploration increasing, but for us the real story is aerospace and defense." mt

rapid

Sintavia began construction in December on a new 55,000-square-foot
advanced manufacturing facility in
Hollywood, Fla. When it opens, the
$15 million facility will be the first of
its kind to employ lean manufacturing
principles for large-scale metal additive manufacturing.
"Our new facility, when complete,
will serve as the template for future
additive manufacturing facilities
around the world," Neff says. "We will
pioneer and continuously improve
an optimized flow of work centered
around Sintavia's industry-leading
and vertically aligned quality system.
I am very excited to commence the
start of the construction process and
grateful to our OEM customers who
have necessitated this growth."
The new facility will fit up to 40
machines to support its next step
into producing products in the hundreds per day. The company currently operates eight high-speed printers. Technology is changing in terms
of speed and the number of lasers
on each machine. Although Sintavia
says the future of additive manufacturing is multi-laser machines, it believes there will always be a strong

demand for single-laser machines.
"People say they want everything to
go faster and we would love for it to
go faster, but at this point single laser machines have a perceived higher
quality production for large components," Neff explains.
The lean and smooth process flow
of the facility is being designed to
handle larger batch manufacturing,
which is where Neff says the company
is headed. "There are a lot of applications that are small batch, including
satellite manufacturing," Neff explains. "You are not making a lot of
parts. That kind of manufacturing is
great to have as great resource and
can only be built on an additive manufacturing machine. The most successful end-market as it stands today
is satellite and rocketry, and we have
customers in those fields. The business aviation or general aviation market is larger batch manufacturing and

SPECIAL SECTION

additive manufacturer approved to
manufacture production parts for
Honeywell Aerospace via the powder
bed fusion process. "We have been
working with Honeywell for over 18
months as part of their rigorous supplier qualification," Neff says. "We
are grateful that all of our team's hard
work has paid off, and are looking
forward to demonstrating the many
benefits of additive manufacturing
within Honeywell's supply chain in
the form of lower costs, shorter manufacturing times and dramatic design improvements."

sintavia's new facility will
fit up to 40 machines to
support producing hundreds
of products per day.

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