ASTM International’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE) is participating in three new America Makes projects aimed at advancing the adoption of additive manufacturing.
These projects, totaling over $1 million in combined efforts, address critical aspects of the additive manufacturing industry, including training, inspection, qualification approaches, and in-process monitoring.
“We are proud to be selected to launch these projects that will train the AM industry’s workforce and equip them with new tools to solve quality and inspection problems,” said Dr. Mohsen Seifi, ASTM International’s director of global additive manufacturing programs. “America Makes has been a key contributor in the development and maturation of AM technologies, with key insight on the important role standardization and training plays in further adoption and industrialization of additive manufacturing”, said Seifi.
The three projects funded by America Makes include:
- Introductory Inspection and Quality Assurance of Additive Manufacturing using the AMES Test Artifact – This project will develop an introductory course to quality assurance and inspection for additive manufacturing, intended for audiences ranging from beginners to QA or AM professionals who wish to expand their existing knowledge. This project is led by ASTM AM CoE and supported by Castheon. (America Makes Project 5001.002.001.004);
- Best Practices for Additive Manufacturing Part Families Relating to Product Qualification & Certification – This project aims to develop definitions, best practices, and guidance to enable the application of a part family framework for qualification and certification (Q&C), enabling similar parts to be qualified using shared/common material data and reducing both time and cost. The project includes participation of dozens of aerospace and defense corporations including Boeing, Airbus, Raytheon Technologies, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and others. This project is led by ASTM AM CoE and supported by FAA and NASA. (America Makes Project 5001.002.002.003); and
- Open Framework for Real-Time Control and Mitigation of Defects in Metal Powder Bed Fusion (OFF-RAMP) – This project will develop and assess methods for mitigating defects in metal powder bed fusion, once they are detected by in-process monitoring tools. The project is led by The Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State University, and other team members include Applied Optimization and 3D Systems. (America Makes Project 5001.002.001.002)
Formed in 2018, the AM CoE is a collaborative partnership among ASTM International and organizations from industry, government, and academia, that conduct strategic R&D to advance standards across all aspects of AM technologies. The center aims to accelerate the development and adoption of robust, game-changing technologies by supporting standardization, developing training and certification programs, and providing market intelligence and advisory services.