Over the past year, rp+m has implemented the structures and processes to meet the standard requirements to achieve the AS9100C certification, providing a solid foundation from which to support their continuing growth. The decision to pursue AS9100C certification was made due to several grant programs rp+m has been involved with over the previous two years, according to the company. Partnerships with key grant partners in the aerospace industry, as well as natural follow-on business resulting from development work, made pursuit of AS9100C a natural next step for business growth.
"Seeing rp+m grow from a prototyping business beginning in 2010 into an advanced manufacturing company has been truly amazing," said Matthew K. Hlavin, CEO of rp+m. "We are fortunate to participate in America Makes and are committed to grow with our aerospace partners in additive manufacturing."
America Makes, one of the national technology development centers instituted by the Obama administration, has driven the focus to develop and mature additive manufacturing for use in highly regulated industries like aerospace through grant programs, community outreach, technology development and industry collaboration. rp+m's involvement with America Makes solidified the decision to seek AS9100C and demonstrated the importance of implementing standardization within additive manufacturing.