ASTM International states that it will publish a new standard (F3303) for manufacturing using laser and electron beam-based Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) technologies. The standard has been developed to support the growing use of metal Additive Manufacturing for the production of quality aerospace parts, medical devices and more.
Specifically, the standardised practice will outline ways to qualify machines and processes used for PBF-based Additive Manufacturing, according to ASTM member Amir Farzadfar, Materials and Process Engineer for Additive Manufacturing at Corning Inc. In addition, it will cover the required steps related for the configuring and control of digital data.
The standard was developed by ASTM International’s subcommittee on materials and processes, part of its larger committee on Additive Manufacturing technologies (F42). By ensuring that Additive Manufacturing steps are fixed and repeatable throughout the industry, the committee hopes that customers can be more assured of part quality in future.
“An additional standard is underway to support part qualification, quality assurance and post-processing of Powder Bed Fusion parts,” added Farzadfar.