AM is a fast-growing segment of the plastics market. While plastics holds the large majority of AM material sales due to its historical and current use for prototyping, industrial manufacturers see great potential for production. Product redesign, low volume production runs, reduced tooling costs, and replacement parts are only a few of the benefits this technology brings to manufacturing. While existing standards are sufficient for traditional manufacturing materials and techniques, they do not address the inherent variability introduced with AM.
Over the past two years, UL has worked closely with its consumer and industrial manufacturing partners to identify practical solutions for accelerating the adoption of AM for production. This talk will address the safety and integrity of plastic for 3D printing, the gaps in performance between 3D printed plastic parts and conventionally manufactured parts, and the requirements and process to effectively bring a 3D printed end-product or component to market. This presentation will also cover impact to standards and current reviews to existing standards.
- Describe an approach for submitting 3D printed plastic components or end products for testing and certification.
- Identify impacts and revisions to relevant UL standards.
- Identify challenges and obstacles to bring a 3D printed component or end product to market.