WASHINGTON ― Boeing and Israeli company Assembrix Ltd. signed a memorandum of agreement yesterday enabling the U.S. defense giant to use Assembrix software to securely manage and share 3-D printing data with clients during the design and manufacturing phases of production.

Assembrix’s software “virtualizes industrial 3-D printing” which allows clients to allocate space in industrial size 3-D printers to produce product’s in real-time, according to the company’s website. The cloud-based service protects customer’s data from being intercepted, corrupted or decrypted throughout the distribution and manufacturing processes.

“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.”

For a company like Boeing, that currently has 3-D printing capabilities at 20 locations worldwide, this software will increase productivity and aid the company as it transforms its additive manufacturing production system to augment the company’s growth.

“This agreement expands Boeing’s ties to Israeli industry while helping companies like Assembrix expand their business,” said David Ivry, president, Boeing Israel. “Boeing seeks suppliers globally who meet stringent quality, schedule, cost and intellectual capital standards, and Assembrix does all of that.”

Boeing collaborates with Israeli companies on many products, including the F-15, the AH-64 Apache Longbow and the Arrow-3 missile interceptors.