Boeing to Adopt Assembrix’ Virtual 3D Printing
15 May, 2018
By controlling every machine from a central point, it can complete the production process without giving up the digital file, with all its hidden IP, into the hands of a third party
Boeing and Israeli company Assembrix signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will enable Boeing to use Assembrix software to manage and protect intellectual property shared with vendors during design and manufacturing. Boeing currently has additive manufacturing capabilities at 20 sites worldwide and partners with suppliers across the globe to deliver 3D-printed parts across its commercial, space and defense platforms.
Securing the digital files distributed among these facilities, and managing the production has utmost importance for Boeing, and the small startup company from Tel Aviv may have the right solution: Assembrix have developed a cloud-based platform that virtualizes industrial 3D printers and the entire 3D printing process. By controlling every machine from a central point, it can complete the production process without giving up the digital file, with all its hidden IP and confidential specifications, into the hands of a third party.
Fully Automated Process
The platform oversees the entire additive manufacturing thread from the initial part model to the verified physical part. It allocates and monitors of industrial 3D printers for multiple in-house users or external clients, to reach a fully-automated and self-controlled process. The company was founded in 2014 by the CEO Lior Polak, previously director of business development at the cyber and intelligence division of NICE Systems, and by the CTO Prof. Dan Halperin from the Computer Science Department at Tel Aviv University.
It has already gained customers, including Form 3D Foundry, the contract manufacturer UCT and ARAN. “This agreement expands Boeing’s ties to Israeli industry while helping companies like Assembrix expand their business,” said David Ivry, president, Boeing Israel. “We are pleased to partner with Boeing and value its confidence in us and in our capabilities,” said Lior Polak, Assembrix CEO. “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.”