Shane Collins, General Manager of Additive Industries’ North America Process & Application Development Center, Southern California, USA, has received the ASTM Award of Merit. The ASTM International Board of Directors is said to have selected Collins in recognition of his contribution to Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies.
Formed in 2009, Committee F42 meets twice a year, usually in January and July, with about one-hundred members attending two days of technical meetings. With a current membership of approximately four-hundred, the committee includes six technical subcommittees; Collins has served as Chair of the Subcommittee F42.05 Materials and Process since 2011.
The ASTM Award of Merit was established in 1949 by the Board of Directors and is the highest award which can be granted by the society to an individual member. On receiving the award, Collins stated, “I am honoured to be selected by the ASTM Board of Directors for this award and to receive the recognition for my contribution to Committee F42 and the Additive Manufacturing industry at large.”
“Since taking the Chair position of F42.05 Material and Process in 2011, our subcommittee has published over a dozen standards with more on the way,” he stated. The ASTM standards development process is consensus-based and requires industry experts to volunteer their time and energy to write critical industry standards.
Collins added, “What many people fail to understand is the financial contribution by the members’ employers, such as Additive Industries, for travel expenses and time at meetings. Without their support, consensus-based standards development would not be possible.”