Liz Nickels spoke to Sintavia, a Florida-based 3D printing company founded in 2012, about how it plans to improve AM part quality by ensuring that the background to the printing process is improved.

More and more experts are finding that additive manufacturing (AM) is not the one-step process that was once proposed. Issues with quality, repeatability and how to qualify parameters continue to crop up, along with a need for careful regulation of the industry. Companies such as EOS, with its quality assurance program, and Concept Laser's QM Meltpool 3D, are now realizing that to ensure high quality production parts, a lot of work needs to go on behind the scenes both before, after, and during the actual printing process. Sintavia, based in Davie, Florida, is an example of a company that aims to focus on the whole process to improve parameters and the overall quality of the finished part.

The company, a relative newcomer to the AM industry, was formed in 2012 by Neff Capital Management LLC, a private equity firm based in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, with aim of manufacturing production parts for aerospace and defense. The funding of Sintavia included a U$10 million initial capital investment, to be rolled out over a year as the company developed. In March 2017, the company closed an additional US$15 million round of equity financing from its primary investor to be used to create additional manufacturing capacity and facility expansion in 2017 and 2018.

From the first, Sintavia tied its colors to the mast regarding the importance of quality control. ‘We are excited to be a part of the coming industrial revolution within the aerospace and defense industry,’ said Brian Neff, founder and CEO of Sintavia, back in 2015. He made a big claim for the future company. ‘Over the next few years, as more and more production is shifted to AM within this industry, serial manufacturers with exceptional quality control, like Sintavia, will be in high demand by the OEMs.’

This article appeared in the May/June issue of Metal Powder Report.

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