ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Center Of Excellence Launches Consortium For Materials Data And Standardization (CMDS)

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ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE) and the founding industry members, are formally announcing the launch of the AM CoE Consortium for Materials Data and Standardization (CMDS) initiative.

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The mission of ASTM’s CMDS is to bring key organizations together from across a broad range of industries representing the entire AM value stream. The consortium members will collaborate on standardization of the requirements for AM materials data generation and will create and manage shared high pedigree “reference” datasets needed to accelerate qualification and greater adoption of AM technologies. The consortium is being launched with 21 founding members including:

“GE Additive is pleased to continue its engagement with the AM CoE Industry Consortium. As a company that offers the entire additive ecosystem, from feedstock to finished parts, we recognize the importance of developing highly pedigreed materials property datasets. By coming together to define a common approach to materials characterization, we hope to drive further understanding and expansion of the additive industry as a whole,” said Amber Andreaco, section manager – materials & powders, GE Additive.

The CMDS approach is particularly focused on determining key process-structure-property relationships necessary to develop methods for generating machine agnostic materials data. The CMDS will curate a shared database of high-pedigree data that will be used by consortium members to develop the tools, such as physics-based/probabilistic models, and data analytics needed to support rapid qualification of new AM applications, materials and technologies and real-time quality assurance to scale AM production.

“The Boeing team is excited to join the AM CoE Industry Consortium and collaborate with the AM CoE industry members to mature and accelerate the industrial adoption of additive manufacturing,” says Nicholas Mule, director, Boeing Additive Manufacturing Intelligence Center. “The collective AM expertise of the members provide the broad perspective needed to advance the AM industry and drive towards the common AM standards needed for sustained adoption.”

Each year, under the direction of the industry members and in coordination with key regulatory bodies and other government agencies, the CMDS will select materials and application specific properties (e.g., static, cyclic, thermal, corrosion) of interest and execute various projects that ultimately support the development of standards and datasets. While members retain exclusive use of the full datasets to support their business, research output and lessons learned will inform new AM standards and specifications developed through the ASTM related committees such as F42 to drive consistency across the industry, creating new and improved materials specifications with property and structure requirements based on robust datasets.

“This initiative connects industry, academia, and government teams to accelerate the path for additive adoption, moving additive manufacturing from a process with significant financial barriers to a standard manufacturing process for widespread use,” said Jeff Shubrooks, Raytheon Missiles and Defense Additive Manufacturing Technology Area Lead “Raytheon Technologies is bringing their experience and diverse research and data to help create the standards and necessary qualification methods.”

The AM CoE partners supporting the core technical activities and execution of the CMDS are ASTM International, Auburn University, and NASA. This membership-driven consortium is intended to strengthen AM CoE’s core mission of research to standards (R2S) filling standardization gaps while enabling access to high quality datasets.

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