Additive manufacturing has a lot of capabilities for producing complex, lightweight geometries. These capabilities have an amazing impact when applied to aerospace related products. The ability to produce low-volume quantities of parts makes this an excellent match for defense-related products. Combining these abilities results in an excellent application for defense-related aerospace products.
The complications that prevent further adoption are found in the lack of ability to standardize processing for repeatability. Some success stories have been achieved but at great expense, preventing that information from being publicly shared. The need for these standards has been acknowledged and it is currently under development by many standard-development organizations.
This presentation will cover the current status of standards, the status of work items in development for these standards and the activities created that are focused on advancing these standards, which apply to both metal and plastic product manufacturing.
- Understand how the lack of ability to standardize processing for repeatability has slowed adoption of AM
- Understand the current status of standards, the status of work items in development for these standards and the activities created that are focused on advancing these standards
Why Is It Important?
Standards have been needed to support safe manufacturing in all industries. Additive manufacturing does not require the same constraints as conventional manufacturing. Carl Dekker was one of the founding members of the ASTM F42 (ASTM International) and served as the inaugural vice chair. He later took the position as chair and is currently the past chair. ASTM F42 is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-recognized representative to the ISO 261 (International Standards Organization.) Dekker will recap the status of standards for additive manufacturing. He will also include the discussion of the difficulties of developing these standards and some of the considerations that need to be evaluated. The presentation will include a variety of discussion points such as the Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC) roadmap, the ASTM COE, interaction and involvement with the EU, and how these standards have been promoted globally. Anyone interested in applying additive manufacturing for end-use products should attend.