The international standardization organization ASTM is driving forward certification in the field of metal 3D printing. Additional systems and manufacturers can now be included in the training program for machine users via a uniform standard.
As ASTM announced, systems from 3D Systems, Nikon and EOS were recently approved for certification in accordance with ISO/ASTM 52942. The standard defines requirements for the knowledge and skills of operators of metal powder bed 3D printers.
Part of the program includes training in the creation of print specifications, process monitoring and system maintenance. According to ASTM manager Mohsen Seifi, the aim is to ensure a high level of quality in the printing process across the industry.
According to Seifi, the establishment of standardized personal certificates is essential for the growing industry. This would make it easier for manufacturers to integrate 3D printing. ASTM is already planning to transfer the concept to other technologies.