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Boom Overture Superfactory to be completed this year

The company building the new supersonic liner has implemented significant use of AM for tooling and parts

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In 2022, Boom Supersonic announced the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina as the home to the Overture Superfactory. Soon after, in January 2023, construction began on the site. This was an important milestone as Overture continues to advance toward production. Boom provided a detailed look at the facility progress being made during the 2023 Paris Air Show, along with significant Symphony and Overture program advances. The facility is expected to be fully completed in 2024.

Boom, which is known for its use of AM technologies from Stratasys, Velo3D and GE (Colibrium) for tooling and final parts, is building the campus in sections, focusing first on the final assembly line, which is roughly 150,000 square feet with an additional 24,000 square feet of office space. As of this July, the facility continues to take shape.

Boom Overture Superfactory to be completed this year as the supersonic liner has implemented significant use of additive manufacturing
November 2023: View of the hangar door.

“Boom is on the leading edge of returning supersonic commercial passenger service. And such innovative, imaginative aerospace companies that will define the next century of aviation are precisely the type of partner we want on the airport,” said Kevin Baker, Executive Director of Piedmont Triad International Airport.

“The first assembly line here at the Superfactory campus is designed to produce up to 33 aircraft per year. We have plans on this campus for a second assembly line, which will allow us to double production to a rate of 66 aircraft per year. Construction as we sit here today is well underway. It’s on track to be complete in the middle of next year,” said Blake Scholl, Boom founder and CEO, at the Paris Air Show press conference.

Boom Overture Superfactory to be completed this year as the supersonic liner has implemented significant use of additive manufacturing

In September, Boom commemorated a construction milestone by “topping out” the Overture Superfactory when the final structural beam was raised into place, completing the building’s frame. This milestone comes after Boom recently finished the decking on top of the structure and has begun installing the metal side panels which make up the walls. The pouring of concrete flooring slabs was also started in recent weeks. With a significant portion of the exterior building constructed, the Overture Superfactory continues to take shape and remains on track for completion in 2024.

“We continue to be pleased with the progress on the Overture Superfactory, our final assembly line for Overture. This milestone is a testament to the hard work of the numerous trade teams who are building the Superfactory and marks an important step forward in building a sustainable supersonic future in the Piedmont Triad, ” said Chris Taylor, vice president of manufacturing at Boom Supersonic.

Boom Overture Superfactory to be completed this year as the supersonic liner has implemented significant use of additive manufacturing

Sustainability is at the core of Boom’s work, as it is for our construction partner, BE&K Building Group. The Overture Superfactory is projected to be at least 40% more energy efficient than similar facilities. We can accomplish this with high-efficiency heating and air conditioning, LED lighting, and improved insulation. We are also evaluating other innovative sustainability measures. That includes onsite carbon sequestration and zero-waste products.

The Overture Superfactory will be LEED-certified and energy-efficient. This plays an integral role in Boom’s path to net zero carbon by 2025. Read more in the 2022 Environmental Sustainability Report.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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