SAN FRANCISCO, May 14 (Xinhua) -- U.S. top aerospace manufacturer Boeing Co. said Monday that it is teaming up with Israeli company Assembrix on a program of secure 3D printing.
Boeing said it signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Assembrix, which would allow it to use the Israeli firm's software to manage and protect intellectual property shared with vendors during design and manufacturing.
Assembrix's software is expected to offer Boeing a reliable solution to transmitting additive manufacturing design information with secure distribution methods to protect data from being intercepted, corrupted or decrypted throughout the distribution and manufacturing processes.
Assembrix has developed a cloud-based platform that virtualizes industrial 3D printing, enabling simpler, secured and more efficient processes.
Boeing is focused on leveraging and accelerating additive manufacturing to transform its production system and support the company's growth.
It 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.
"Boeing seeks suppliers globally who meet stringent quality, schedule, cost and intellectual capital standards, and Assembrix does all of that," said David Ivry, president of Boeing Israel in the statement released on Monday.
Assembrix CEO Lior Polak said Boeing's partnership with his company supports Assembrix's vision to "develop and implement innovative solutions that connect the world and take the additive manufacturing digital thread one step forward."
Boeing said that Israeli industry has supplied parts for many Boeing defense and commercial products, including F-15 fighter jets, AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter, and 737, 777 and 787 passenger airplanes.