ASTM International announces second round of funding to expedite Standards in Additive Manufacturing

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Standards in Additive Manufacturing

Above: ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence opening ceremony event with Auburn University, NASA, EWI, and the MTC/Image Credit: Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence

ASTM International, the global standards developer, which has over 12500 standards operating in various industries and sectors is following up its commitment towards formulating standards in Additive Manufacturing by announcing a second round of funding. The funding of $300,000 and in-kind contributions are expected to support its goal of creating technical standardization in this fast-growing industry.

ASTM International had earlier launched the first round last year in 2018 worth the same amount to catalyse the development of Standards in Additive Manufacturing and is now following it up this year too. 

Speaking about the announcement of the new investment round Dr. Mohsen Seifi, ASTM International’s Director of Global Additive Manufacturing Programs said, “We are thrilled to fund some of the most crucial and high-impact research projects in additive manufacturing to accelerate standardization.”

The recent investment will be focussed on research and innovation (F42.90.05) through nine projects and will build upon the previously started five projects. These nine projects will be helmed by various leading organisations.

Nine Projects to expedite Standards in Additive Manufacturing

1. Auburn University

Auburn University will work to implement a rapid, efficient, and effective inspection process to detect potential part quality issues after fabrication through laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF).

2. Auburn University and NASA

Auburn University and NASA will partner to continue work from Phase l of a previously funded project that developed consensus regarding the minimum requirements for qualifying L-PBF machines and processes. In Phase ll, the team will establish qualitative and quantitative metrics for evaluation methods, conduct round-robin trials, and establish recommendations for standards implementation.

3. EWI

EWI, the applied technology developer, will work to define a minimum subset of AM data entries and taxonomy of those entries.

4. Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) Project I

The UK-based Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) will address lack of guidelines for what is deemed an acceptable test result in powder feedstock test methods.

5. Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) Project II

MTC, in its second project, will work to address the growing number of post-processing issues tied to inefficient designs, cost, high non-conformity, and scrap rates.

6. National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) Project I

Singapore’s National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) will use off-axial monitoring to acquire optical and thermal images from the laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF) process.  

7. National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) Project II

In its second project, NAMIC will conduct research to form guidelines and best practices specific to directed energy deposition (DED) and material extrusion (MEX), two processes of high interest to manufacturers and designers.

8. National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) Project I

Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) will gather information from existing polymer characterization activities to create a test plan and matrix incorporating the state of the art for these testing methods.

9. National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) Project II

NIAR will also study coupon-part property relationships in additively manufactured polymers. Additional print, test, and analysis will be conducted before standards are pursued. 

Dr. Seifi added, “These nine projects will complement the previous round of five, with all contributing towards a holistic approach to fill standard gaps in design, feedstock, process, post processing, testing and qualification.”

ASTM has shared more details on its official Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence website.

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