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America Makes and ANSI Announce Meeting to Discuss Draft Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing

America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, andthe American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announce the second face-to-face meeting of the America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC) to be held Monday, September 26, 2016, in Youngstown, Ohio. The purpose of the meeting will be to review and discuss a first draft of the AMSC Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing now in development within the AMSC and targeted for release no later than one week prior to the meeting.

For the past few months, AMSC working groups have been holding virtual, bi-weekly meetings to identify existing standards and specifications, as well as those in development, assess gaps, and make recommendations for priority areas where there is a perceived need for additional standardization. The working groups cover a range of topics related to additive manufacturing including: design, process, and materials (precursor materials, process control, post-processing, and finished material properties), qualification and certification, non-destructive evaluation, and maintenance.

The AMSC is not developing standards. Rather, the hope is that the roadmap will facilitate a more coherent and coordinated approach to the future development of standards and specifications for additive manufacturing and, ultimately, contribute to the growth of the additive manufacturing industry. The group is aiming to publish the roadmap before the end of 2016.

Participation in the AMSC and the September meeting is open to additive manufacturing stakeholders that have operations in the United States. Newcomers are welcome, and membership in America Makes and/or ANSI is not required. Participation is open to representatives from private industry, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), material suppliers, government agencies, academia, standards developing organizations (SDOs), and other interested stakeholders.

The draft meeting agenda and logistical information are available on the AMSC website. While remote participation will be available, in person meeting attendance is strongly encouraged. Advance registration is required for both in-person ($30) and remote participation. Please register here.

Jim Williams, president, All Points Additive, and chair of the AMSC, said, “The AMSC has been hard at work for several months now creating an inventory of additive manufacturing standards and specifications, and doing a gap analysis to assess what more is needed. I look forward to this next milestone in the AMSC initiative and discussing with colleagues the issues of concern to our industry.”

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