America Makes and ANSI introduce phase 2 of Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative

America Makes—the National Additive Manufacturing Institute (NAMI) in the USA—and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a non-profit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards in the USA, have introduced phase 2 of the Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC).

The AMSC was established in March 2016 to co-ordinate and accelerate the development of consistent and harmonized industry-wide additive manufacturing (AM) standards.

The initiation of phase 2 is by way of a meeting that is scheduled to take place from 9 am to 5 pm, on September 7, 2017, at The Navy Yard in Penn State, Philadelphia, USA.

The main objectives of phase 2 include:

  • expanding the discussion of standards requirements for polymers and other materials besides metals; and
  • engaging experts from other industry sectors such as automotive, heavy equipment, energy, consumer products and tooling.  

The AMSC published version one of a Standardized Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing, developed largely by representatives from the aerospace, defense and medical industries, in February 2017. This document describes the current standardization landscape for AM, including published standards and standards in development. It also provides recommendations to address gaps where there is a perceived need for further standardization work, including, in many cases, R&D activity.

America Makes and the ANSI have been promoting the roadmap at industry events as well as meeting the standards developing organizations (SDOs) involved to discuss their efforts in advancing its recommendations.

The introduction of new perspectives during phase 2 is expected to help identify potentially overlooked gaps. Furthermore, updates on previously identified gaps are to be a focus. The target publication date for version 2 of the roadmap is June 2018.

Jim Williams, chair of the AMSC and president of All Points Additive, commented: ‘We look forward to continuing the good collaboration among affected stakeholders that led to the development of the roadmap. We welcome newcomers to the process from other industry sectors and experts on polymers as we work to expand the content of the document to add value for all segments of industry that want to make use of additive manufacturing technologies.’

The AMSC meeting is open to AM stakeholders that have operations in the USA. The draft agenda and logistical information are available on the AMSC website. Both in-person and remote participation requires advance registration. Participants are advised to familiarize themselves with the roadmap so they are able to contribute to the breakout group for their sector. 

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