CECIMO, the European Association representing the common interests of the Machine Tool Industries globally and at EU level, has established a liaison agreement with the ISO Technical Committee on Additive Manufacturing with the objective of contributing to the development of standards that support the uptake of the technology at an industrial level.
ISO/TC 261 ‘Additive Manufacturing’ is the ISO committee responsible for the development of standards in the area of AM. The approval of the liaison between the committee and CECIMO will allow the association to provide input on the formation of standards, which have a significant impact on the way companies carry out their AM business.
High-level discussions between industry and European policy-makers have pointed to standardisation as a top priority for the growth of AM. By joining ISO/TC 261, CECIMO stated that it will be able to ensure that developments in regulation and standardisation are aligned with the needs of businesses engaged in the AM sector.
The association stated that consensus-based, market-driven standards are a better instrument than top-down regulations in reflecting the actual needs and requirements of market players in a fast-evolving technology ecosystem like that of AM. Accordingly, it consistently supports the adoption of international standards and contributes to a number of other initiatives.
CECIMO also has a partnership with ASTM Committee F42 and is a member of the European Commission’s Joint MSP/DEI Working Group to provide a comprehensive plan to foster standardisation in support of a digitalised European industry. The association has also recently joined the advisory board of ASTM’s new Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence.