Mohsen Seifi PhD, Director of Additive Manufacturing Programs, ASTM International
A recent joint ASTM and ISO Partner Standards Developing Organization (PSDO) agreement has provided a unique opportunity to create globally recognized standards for Additive Manufacturing (AM); the purpose of the agreement is to eliminate duplication of effort while maximizing resource allocation within the additive manufacturing industry. A resource to aid in the identification and development & approval of new standards is a new framework that has introduced a comprehensive structure to target various aspects of the AM space, including feedstock materials, process/equipment, and finished parts properties. This approach will also enable the development of application-specific standards to address the needs of the aerospace, medical device, and automotive industries.
In addition, recent and evolving efforts to create a gap analysis roadmap through America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC) can provide a platform to coordinate and accelerate the development of industry-wide additive manufacturing standards consistent with stakeholder needs, thereby facilitating the growth of the AM industry. This evolving roadmap is designed to identify standards (both approved & in process), assess gaps, and make recommendations for priority areas where there is a perceived need for additional standardization.