America Makes, Youngstown, Ohio, USA, and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have announced the availability of a Gaps Progress Report, which tracks efforts by standards developing organisations and others to address gaps identified in the ‘Standarization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing’ (version 2.0), published by the America Makes and ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC).
The AMSC is a cross-sector coordinating body established in 2016 whose objective is to accelerate the development of industry-wide AM standards and specifications consistent with stakeholder needs. Developed with contributions from more than 300 individuals from 175 public- and private-sector organisations, ‘Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing’ lists published standards, those being developed, and others that are needed to help develop the AM industry. It identifies ninety-three gaps where no published standard or specification currently exists to respond to a particular industry need. The roadmap also flags sixty-five of these gaps as requiring pre-standardisation research and development.
The gaps progress report was compiled by ANSI staff based on inputs from standards developing organisations, subject matter experts, alert mechanisms, and independent research. It lists newly published standards and new standards projects, alongside suggestions for future roadmap modifications. The report is not a consensus document, but is intended to serve as a ‘living document’ that will be maintained and periodically re-published as standards development work continues or until such time as the AMSC undertakes to develop a next version of its standardisation roadmap.