Standards organization ASTM International and safety certification company Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the goal of building a framework for developing an international, dual-logo ISO and ASTM standard for AM. The agreement marks a significant step in the standardization of additive manufacturing, as it is the first international collaboration of its kind.
Across the global additive manufacturing industry, it is understood that international standards will help to drive the technology and its industrialization, making it easier for customers around the world to adopt AM systems and pursue applications that are certified and up to standard. For this foundation to exist, collaboration between standards bodies is vital.
Through the recently signed MoU, ASTM and UL are hoping to encourage global safety for additive manufacturing. As per the terms of the agreement, ASTM will act as the standards developing organization (SDO), managing all activities and leading administrative support. As part of the MoU, ASTM’s additive manufacturing technical committee (F42) will also be involved, helping to review and advance a UL standards document, specifically, UL 3400 Outline of Investigation for Additive Manufacturing Facility Safety Management.
“This partnership brings together both organizations’ expertise and shared desire to drive global safety,” said UL Standards Vice President Global Standards Phil Piqueira. “It leverages ASTM’s technical committee and relationship with ISO with our document and research to drive impact and positively influence the international standards landscape.”
Presently, ASTM International has a partnership with the International Standards Organization (ISO) through which it published standards documents as ASTM-ISO standards. Through the new MoU, UL Standards will transfer to ASTM its copyright of the material in UL 3400, and the resulting standard will include attribution to UL Standards for its work.
“The collaborative nature of global standardization creates many opportunities for partnership with other SDOs,” added Brian Meincke, ASTM International’s Vice President of Finance, Business Development and Innovation. “We appreciate these opportunities to share knowledge with partners like Underwriters Laboratories to help advance public safety in this fast-evolving field.”
ASTM International also has a collaborative agreement with German certification organization TÜV SÜD with the aim of promoting the industrial adoption of additive manufacturing technologies, as well as with UK-based MTC for the development of DED standards.