ASTM signs MoU with NSERC HI-AM Network to advance AM standards

June 2, 2021

Representatives from global standards organisation ASTM International and Canada-based NSERC Network for Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing (HI-AM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will support close cooperation in the development of Additive Manufacturing standards.

The agreement was announced at the fourth annual HI-AM Conference, which took place on June 1 –2, by Brian Meincke, ASTM International vice president of global business development and innovation strategy, and Ralph Resnick, HI-AM chairman of the board and former America Makes president and CEO.

NSERC HI-AM Network works to address the challenges that prevent the industrial adoption of metal Additive Manufacturing and to equip Canada for the era of Industry 4.0. The HI-AM Network brings together nineteen leading AM experts from seven Canadian universities and is hosted by the University of Waterloo.

Initiated in 2001, ASTM International’s MoU programme promotes communication and awareness among national standards bodies.

“One of our core values has been identifying partnerships with organisations that can support the acceleration of standards development,” stated Meincke. “We are excited to work closely with the HI-AM Network and hope this partnership will advance and facilitate innovative global Additive Manufacturing standardisations.”

The MoU will allow for greater collaboration on activities, promote information exchange on topics of interest, and encourage greater industry participation from Canada in the standard development process, impacting the global industrialisation of AM technologies.

“Many members of HI-AM Network’s academic team are already members of ASTM International and at the forefront of the international effort to develop standards for Additive Manufacturing,” commented Resnick. “I am delighted that we are strengthening this already robust relationship through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.”

ASTM International contributes to the development of AM standards through the work of the Additive Manufacturing technologies committee (F42) with the support of the Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE).

Dr Mohsen Seifi, ASTM International director of global additive manufacturing programs, said, “Advancement of AM technologies requires robust research and development programs, and HI-AM Network has demonstrated invaluable contributions to support filling standards development gaps in this field. We are thrilled to partner with world-class universities in the HI-AM Network to focus on key industry challenges and have already registered two standard work items as a result of this collaboration.”

One work item (WK76983) focuses on best practices for in-situ defect detection, while the other (WK77008) addresses benchmarking of powder bed density measurement.

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