ASME publishes draft standard for product definition in Additive Manufacturing
January 23, 2018
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), New York City, USA, has published its ‘Product Definition for Additive Manufacturing [Draft Standard for Trial Use]’, Y14.46-2017. Developed under the Y14 Engineering Product Definition and Related Documentation Practices Standards Committee, this draft standard extends the Y14 series of standards to establish the definitions for model-based products for Additive Manufacturing.
Y14.46 covers definitions of terms and features unique to AM technologies, with recommendations for their uniform specification in product definition data sets and related documents, and encompasses relevant AM details including design, manufacturing and quality engineering. ASME stated that it expects this draft standard to help improve efficiency in manufacturing by providing a method on how to control product definition to the model by using annotations that are semantically associated to the feature geometry.
ASME has issued the new document as a ‘Draft Standard for Trial Use’, and invites public comment and requests for revisions. To ensure the highest quality standards, comments and user experiences during the trial use period will be taken into consideration prior to the standard’s formal submission submitted to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for acceptance as an American National Standard.