Global standards organization ASTM International has announced that its upcoming event focused on AM – the ASTM International Conference on Additive Manufacturing (ASTM ICAM 2020) – will no longer be held in person in Orlando, Florida and will be hosted virtually. The now online event is scheduled to take place this November 16th to 20th.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen most AM industry events move online, be rescheduled or in some cases even cancelled. The latest decision by ASTM International to transition to an online edition for its upcoming conference was made after a consultation with the organizing scientific committee and taking into account speakers’ preferences.
Indeed, the ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence, which is sponsoring the event, emphasized that the health of participants and guests was the priority and the ultimate factor in this decision. Presently, the state of Florida is experiencing record death rates due to COVID-19, while few restriction measures have been put in place, so it seems like the prudent choice.
The online ASTM ICAM 2020 will still be a worthwhile event, focusing on the standardization, qualification and certification of AM processes with an emphasis on industry specific requirements across the entire AM process chain. The conference is organized by 60 members of the scientific committee and is being led by co-chairs Dr. Nima Shamsaei, Director of the National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence (NCAME), and Dr. Moshen Seifi, ASTM International’s Director of Global Additive Manufacturing Programs.
The conference, ASTM International’s fifth flagship event related to the topic, will span five days and include 19 symposiums, which will be segmented into a series of online sessions and panel presentations. Registration for the event this November is now open.
“This year’s event will be the largest conference we have held to date and will consist of more than a dozen tracks and double the number of speakers with respect to last year’s event,” said Seifi. “The conference will involve a broad group of ASTM committees and external stakeholders, setting the stage to bring nearly 350 experts from more than 25 countries to exchange the latest developments in the field of additive manufacturing with an emphasis on transition of research to standardization. We are aware of time-zone differences and are making every effort to hold this virtual event seamlessly with the latest available technology.”
“ASTM ICAM 2020 will address the application of specific requirements for various industry sectors in addition to covering the fundamentals of the AM process chain,” added Shamsaei. “Industry, academia, and government agency professionals in the AM community will join together virtually to address the need for industry standards, design principles, qualification and certification challenges, and more.”