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Aviation, space and defense to benefit from Rapid Application Group’s additive manufacturing certification

Oklahoma additive manufacturing service provider Rapid Application Group LLC, (RAG) has attained AS9100 Rev. D quality certification. A current standard benefiting aviation, space and defense industries, AS9100 assures production meets quality requirements of the Department of Defense (DOD), NASA and the FAA.

Termed a “mission critical achievement” by RAG founder and SEO Terry Hill, AS9100 is a necessary step for any service provider looking to fulfill some of the most stringent requirements in manufacturing. Hill comments, “Adding AS9100 certification is a natural and required progression, given our strong presence as an additive manufacturing service provider in the military aerospace and defense markets,”

“AS9100 was a mission critical achievement for RAG as it demonstrates our commitment to quality to all our customers but is especially important for our clients in the Aerospace and Defense verticals.”

“Mission Critical Additive Manufacturing”

Headquartered in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, RAG offers core services in SLS, FDM, SLA, DLP and DMLS. Among equipment for each of these capabilities, the company owns a 3D Systems Figure 4 Standalone system, a 3D Systems sPro for SLS, and a Stratasys Fortus 450mc.

The company was founded by a group of military veterans as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSM) in 2017. It is also a member of additive manufacturing workforce developer America Makes, and the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) which creates corporate contracting opportunities for its members.

With expertise in the defense sector, the company prides itself on providing “Mission Critical Additive Manufacturing” services.

Aerospace air ducts made using SLS at Rapid Application Group LLC. Photo via Rapid Application Group LLC
Aerospace air ducts made using SLS at Rapid Application Group LLC. Photo via Rapid Application Group LLC

A mark of quality

AS9100 is a standard managed by the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG). It is based upon the international ISO 9001 standard which defines industry quality management systems (QMS). The certification is an essential when producing for aerospace, and is in widespread use across industry at companies including Carpenter Technology Corporation, American multinational power management company Eaton Corporation and Canadian engineering and additive manufacturing service provider Precision ADM.

RAG’s AS9100 certification was awarded by technical service corporation TÜV SÜD. What it means for the company is that potential customers instantly recognize RAG’s production capabilities, and are assured that quality is hand when considering their services.

Concluding comments, Hill states, “We are the go-to leader in the Oklahoma aerospace and defense additive manufacturing market and this certification is a mark of our commitment.”

Rapid Application Groups AS9100 certificate. Photo via Rapid Application Group Rapid Application Groups AS9100 certificate. Photo via Rapid Application Group
Rapid Application Group’s AS9100 certificate. Photo via Rapid Application Group

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Featured image shows members of the Rapid Application Group team and their 3D Systems sPro system. Photo via Rapid Application Group