Aerospace and defense AM company Sintavia this week announced that it has been granted approval for heat treatment at its additive manufacturing facilities by the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accredidation Program (Nadcap). Both of the company’s Florida-based facilities (in Hollywood and Davie) are now certified to heat treat 3D printed parts made from nickel and aluminum alloys.
The announcement marks a milestone for the additive manufacturing company: it is now the only company with Nadcap approvals for laser additive manufacturing, electron beam additive manufacturing and in-house heat treatment (the first two accreditations were granted in 2018).
The company believes its certified and industrial-grade capability will enable it to meet growing needs from clients in the aerospace and defense sectors, who are increasingly turning to additive production. Specifically, in-house heat treatment will enable the company to speed up turnaround times for parts.
“Since its founding, Sintavia has always defined itself as the quality leader for Aerospace & Defense additive manufacturing,” said Brian Neff, CEO of Sintavia. “Nadcap approval for our internal heat treatment capabilities is not only a continuation of this focus, but also will allow Sintavia to provide higher quality production parts more quickly to its customers. Moreover, we are proud of the fact that we are the first manufacturer anywhere in the world to achieve these quality accreditations.”
Sintavia’s initial Nadcap approval for heat treatment is reportedly valid until July 31, 2021 for nickel and aluminum alloys. The company, which last year acquired QC Laboratories, Inc., a Florida-based non-destructive testing (NDT) services company, also has Nadcap approvals for non-destructive testing and chemical processing. Going forward, the AM specialist also plans to apply for Nadcap approval for its in-house metallurgical and mechanical testing laboratory in Davie, Florida. The facility has already been granted ISO 17025 certification for laboratory quality systems.