The ASTM International Conference on Additive Manufacturing (ASTM ICAM 2020), West Conshocken, Pennsylvania, USA, which was originally scheduled to run in Orlando, Florida, USA from November 16–20, 2020, will now be held virtually.
ASTM ICAM 2020 is ASTM International’s fifth event related to standardisation, qualification, and certification in Additive Manufacturing, with an emphasis on industry-specific requirements addressing the entire AM process chain.
The ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AMCoE), which is sponsoring the event, reports that it made the decision after consultation with the organising scientific committee and after careful consideration of speakers’ preferences.
The organisers stated, “The health and safety of attendees, speakers, and staff members were a priority when making this decision, as well as following guidelines related to large gatherings, travel restrictions, and other factors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.”
The conference will be organised by sixty members of the scientific committee, led by co-chairs Dr Nima Shamsaei, director of the National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence (NCAME) and Dr Moshen Seifi, ASTM International’s director of global Additive Manufacturing programmes.
“This year’s event will be the largest conference we have held to date and will consist of more than a dozen tracks and double the number of speakers with respect to last year’s event,” stated Seifi.
He added, “The conference will involve a broad group of ASTM committees and external stakeholders, setting the stage to bring nearly 350 experts from more than twenty-five countries to exchange the latest developments in the field of AM with an emphasis on transition of research to standardisation.”
“ASTM ICAM 2020 will address the application of specific requirements for various industry sectors in addition to covering the fundamentals of the AM process chain,” noted Shamsaei. “Industry, academia, and government agency professionals in the AM community will join together virtually to address the need for industry standards, design principles, qualification and certification challenges, and more.”
The five-day virtual conference will include nineteen symposia and be broken into a series of online sessions and panel presentations. The full conference schedule and registration details are available via the AMCoE’s website.