ASTM International’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE), Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, USA, is participating in three new projects funded by America Makes, Youngstown, Ohio, USA, aimed at advancing the adoption of Additive Manufacturing. These projects, totalling over $1 million in combined efforts, address critical aspects of the AM industry, including training, inspection, qualification approaches, and in-process monitoring.
The three projects funded by America Makes include:
- Introductory Inspection and Quality Assurance of Additive Manufacturing using the AMES Test Artifact – This project will develop an introductory course to quality assurance and inspection for AM, intended for audiences ranging from beginners to QA or AM professionals who wish to expand their existing knowledge. This project is led by ASTM AM CoE and supported by Castheon.
- Best Practices for Additive Manufacturing Part Families Relating to Product Qualification & Certification – This project aims to develop definitions, best practices, and guidance to enable the application of a part family framework for qualification and certification (Q&C), enabling similar parts to be qualified using shared/common material data and reducing both time and cost. The project includes the participation of dozens of aerospace and defence corporations including Boeing, Airbus, Raytheon Technologies, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and others. This project is led by ASTM AM CoE and supported by FAA and NASA.
- Open Framework for Real-Time Control and Mitigation of Defects in Metal Powder Bed Fusion (OFF-RAMP) – This project will develop and assess methods for mitigating defects in metal Powder Bed Fusion (PBF), once they are detected by in-process monitoring tools. The project is led by The Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State University, and other team members include Applied Optimization and 3D Systems.
“We are proud to be selected to launch these projects that will train the AM industry’s workforce and equip them with new tools to solve quality and inspection problems,” stated Dr Mohsen Seifi, ASTM International’s director of global Additive Manufacturing programmes. “America Makes has been a key contributor in the development and maturation of AM technologies, with key insight on the important role standardisation and training plays in further adoption and industrialisation of Additive Manufacturing.”