Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has announced a new partnership with Assembrix Ltd, an Israeli company known for its cloud-based platform that virtualizes and streamlines industrial 3D printing. Through a newly signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), Boeing will adopt Assembrix’s software in order to protect the intellectual property it shares with vendors throughout the design and manufacturing processes.
By using Assembrix’s secure software, Boeing will be able to send additive manufacturing design files and information to relevant parties without the risk of the files being intercepted, corrupted or decrypted. With Assembrix’s secure distribution system, Boeing says it will continue to accelerate its adoption of additive technologies for aircraft applications.
Within the aerospace community, one of the main risks associated with 3D printing technologies is having critical aircraft parts compromised at the design stage. According to the Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C. think-tank which published a report about aviation security and 3D printing last November, cybersecurity is a top concern for 3D printing in aircraft production. With partnerships like the one we’re seeing between Assembrix and Boeing, its clear that the aircraft sector is taking the risks seriously and is aiming to overcome it.
“This agreement expands Boeing’s ties to Israeli industry while helping companies like Assembrix expand their business,” commented David Ivry, President of Boeing Israel. “Boeing seeks suppliers globally who meet stringent quality, schedule, cost and intellectual capital standards, and Assembrix does all of that.”
Boeing’s ties to Israel are already well established, as the aircraft manufacturing company has partnered with commercial and military customers from Israel on several occasions and relies on Israeli industry to supply parts for many of its Boeing defense and commercial products (such as the F-15, AH-64D Apache Longbow, 737 airplanes, and more).
“We are pleased to partner with Boeing and value its confidence in us and in our capabilities,” added Lior Polak, CEO of Assembrix. “This collaboration supports our vision to develop and implement innovative solutions that connect the world and take the additive manufacturing digital thread one step forward.”
In terms of its additive manufacturing capacity, Boeing currently operates over 20 AM-equipped sites across the globe and has a broad network of suppliers for 3D printed parts which serve its commercial, space, and defense divisions. Last year, the company ordered the world’s first FAA-approved 3D printed structural titanium parts from Norsk Titanium for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.