America Makes, Youngstown, Ohio, USA, and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Washington, USA, have launched Phase 2 of the America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC) to update its Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing in June 2018. The roadmap describes published and in-development standards and specifications for AM, and makes consensus-based recommendations to address perceived ‘gaps’ in standardisation.
To update the Roadmap, the AMSC will retain its existing working groups evaluating the need for standards across the lifecycle of an AM part. These working groups cover topics applicable to all industry sectors in the areas of design, precursor materials, process control, post-processing, finished material properties, qualification and certification, non-destructive evaluation and maintenance. The updated document will include progress reports on gaps previously described along with any new gaps that are identified.
According to AMSC, subject-matter experts interested in participating in one or more of the working groups are invited to review the working group architecture and return a sign-up sheet for inclusion. It is anticipated that working groups will initially meet online once every two weeks, beginning in October 2017. Participation in the AMSC is open to Additive Manufacturing stakeholders with operations in the United States.