The companies sent engineering drawings from US customers to manufacturers in China to create 3D-printed defense prototypes without permission.
The government said the US Commerce Department would continue to deny export privileges to the three US-based companies, adding that the companies had illegally exported satellites, missiles and defense technology to China.
The extension comes after renewed concerns about Quicksilver Manufacturing Inc, Rapid Cut LLC and US Prototype Inc, which the Commerce Department said in a June 7 order that submitted engineering drawings and blueprints from US customers to manufacturers in China to 3-D printed satellites. missile and defense related prototypes without permission.
Companies with the same Wilmington, North Carolina address could not be reached for comment.
Since June, the Commerce Department has found additional US companies working with these companies involved in the illegal export of weapons parts and space technology details to China.
Such exports are considered to be detrimental to the national security of the United States. The new order denies companies export privileges for another 180 days and gives notices to other companies to avoid doing business with them.
The department did not identify the companies that contracted with the North Carolina companies. However, following the department’s June order, a global U.S. aerospace and defense technology company notified the department in February 2020 of the unauthorized export of satellite technology. controlled by a third-party supplier.
The department’s investigation revealed that Quicksilver received an order in July 2017 for the satellite parts for the aerospace company’s prototype space satellite. To fabricate the parts, Quicksilver sent engineering drawings and blueprints to China for 3D printing.
Quicksilver was also involved in a breach involving a third U.S. company, an advanced science and engineering company that has a contract with the Department of Defense, the department said.
In the December order, the Commerce Department said an individual in China operating the @rapidcut.com email address may have violated the June order by providing customers with information on how to complete and execute the order. currently pending orders.
The December order, posted for publication in the Federal Register on Thursday, said the Commerce Department was informed that the person was employed by a Chinese manufacturer that pays Rapid Cut commissions on sales.