ASTM International will establish a center of excellence in the field of additive manufacturing (AM). The entity — an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems and services — recently called for industry/university proposals aimed at creating a global innovation hub to advance AM technical standards, related research and development, education, training, etc. In addition, the center will serve as a consortium in attracting stakeholders from medical and various other industries that are increasingly engaged in AM applications.
The winning proposal will be announced in early 2018.
The center will be supported with up to $250,000 annually for up to five years, provided by funds and in-kind contributions. In-kind support could increase the award amount beyond $250,000. The center will serve as a focal point for standards-related R&D activities, helping to address pressing industry needs and gaps.
ASTM International’s committee on additive manufacturing technologies (F42) was formed in 2009. The committee, in conjunction with the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) Technical Committee 261, continues to work closely with the Additive Manufacturing Standards Collaborative to identify and bridge a variety of gaps across multiple industry sectors.
Numerous organizations are engaged in the advancement of AM and 3D printing.
The SME Medical Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Workgroup collaborates to identify challenges, develop resources and facilitate changes to support anyone using the technologies for medical/biomedical applications. Workgroup members represent medical device manufacturers, clinicians, technology providers and others who can provide a multi-perspective approach to all projects and discussions.
America Makes is a leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3D printing technology research, discovery, creation and innovation. Structured as a public/private partnership, America Makes innovates and accelerates AM and 3D printing to increase U.S. global manufacturing competitiveness.
ASTM's Director of Additive Manufacturing Programs, Mohsen Seifi, Ph.D., will join a panel discussion at OMTEC 2018 on current and future standards for the technology.
Source: ASTM International