NEW YORK: On September 7, America Makes and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) held a kick-off meeting in Philadelphia to launch phase 2 of the America Makes and ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC).
The meeting drew 86 attendees with another 56 participating remotely. As the group is working to expand its reach, the agenda included breakout discussions with stakeholders from the following industry-sectors: aerospace/defense, medical, ground vehicle/heavy equipment, energy, and industrial & commercial machinery.
The AMSC is planning to issue by June 2018 an update to its Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing, which describes published and in-development standards and specifications for additive manufacturing and makes consensus-based recommendations to address perceived gaps in standardization. To do so, the AMSC will retain its existing working groups evaluating the need for standards across the life cycle of an additively manufactured part. These working groups cover horizontal topics that are applicable to all industry sectors in the areas of design, precursor materials, process control, post-processing, finished material properties, qualification and certification, nondestructive evaluation, and maintenance. The updated document will include progress reports on gaps previously described along with any new gaps that are identified.
A significant addition to enhancing the roadmap's value will be the establishment of a new polymers working group, which will endeavor to augment the roadmap's predominant focus on metals by considering standardization needs related to polymers for all horizontal topics across the working groups.
Subject-matter experts interested in participating in one or more of the working groups are invited to review the working group architecture, and return the sign-up sheet. It is envisioned that initially the working groups will hold virtual (online) meetings every two weeks. First meetings will take place in October. Participation in the AMSC is open to additive manufacturing stakeholders that have operations in the United States.
Jim Williams, president, All Points Additive, and chair of the AMSC, said: "We were pleased with the enthusiastic participation at the recent meeting in Philadelphia and we look forward to continuing that momentum by bringing new perspectives and expertise into the mix as we work to enhance the document's value."
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