ASME just released a standard that covers definitions of terms and features unique to 3D printing, and ASTM started a testing program for powder metal.
With additive manufacturing (AM) on the rise and, in turn, disrupting markets of all types, it can be hard to keep up with everything. Nonetheless, the AM industry isn’t sitting idly by, as it continues to work on developing standards to keep pace with the new materials and machines that seem to be launching every week.
In a progressive move for additive manufacturing, a new framework for industry standards has been announced. Two international standard-setting bodies, ISO and ASTA, jointly developed the Additive Manufacturing Standards Development Structure. The new framework received approval in July during a meeting in Tokyo, with the news filtering through recently that the guidelines have been set.
The implementation of these new technical standards represents a key turning point for the industry. As increasing numbers of businesses start to utilize 3d-printed components, having a technical framework in place is essential for the development of additive manufacturing technology. Furthermore having this structure in place ensures companies won’t waste valuable resources such as time, wallowing in confusion about the best way to do something. Now, they can simply consult the new framework for the right answers.
As a result of this news, one might ponder whether a reduction in innovation is an inevitability. Companies can now consult the technical standards for every little issue. Previously unheard of developments often arise spontaneously when people try to solve problems.And this is true for every technology. But both ISO and ASTM made a joint effort to clarify this is not their intention.
The lack of standards for 3D printing is often cited as a key reason for businesses to not pursue the technology. Things are changing!
Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is taking off with organizations ranging from NASA to medical device makers and automakers using this technology to reduce waste and streamline supply chain efficiencies. In the automotive industry alone additive manufacturing will be worth $1.1 billion by 2019, according to a market research study.
As more large companies turn to 3D printed parts, there’s an increasing need for technical standards. To this end, ISO and ASTM International have jointly developed the Additive Manufacturing Standards Development Structure.
The two organizations say the framework will help guide industry experts and standards development organizations. It will also identify standards-related gaps and needs in the additive manufacturing industry, and prevent duplicate efforts in developing additive manufacturing standards.
The European Parliament, the second largest democratic electorate and largest trans-national democratic electorate in the world, met this week for the second Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing European Conference, where it highlighted the pressing need for a common European strategy to advance 3D printing research, materials, education, market value and overall technological development.
At the 2015 Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing European Conference, the need for a common, trans-national strategy became obvious. Now, at the 2016 Conference, high-level representatives from companies, institutions, and the machine tools sector gathered once again to put a plan into action.