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New F3318 ASTM standard supports aluminum alloys in additive manufacturing  

A new ASTM International standard will support the production of aluminum alloy parts via additive manufacturing.  The new standard covers a certain type of additively manufactured parts (AlSi10Mg) produced using laser powder bed fusion (L-PBF) process.  This standard will help define a consistent set of requirements which both the user and producer agree to in support of additive manufactured part procurement activities.

“This new standard supports the standardization of practice and advancement of commerce in the emerging additive manufacturing industry,” says ASTM International member Hector Sandoval, materials and processes engineer at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Depending on customer requirements, parts may be used in a wide variety of applications, from prototyping to structural.”

The new standard (soon to be published as F3318) was developed by the committee on additive manufacturing technologies F42

New standardization work to support 3D printing is being driven in part by ASTM International’s new Center of Excellence in Additive Manufacturing, which expanded this week with a new partner: UK-based Manufacturing Technology Centre.
More information on ASTM International standards for additive manufacturing technologies is available at The Global Leader in Additive Manufacturing Standards.

Davide Sher

Since 2002, I have built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, I spent 12 years in the United States, where I received my Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree. As a journalist covering the tech industry - especially the videogame industry - for over 10 years, I began covering the AM industry specifically in 2013, as blogger. In 2016 I co-founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial, and market analysis & consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, and leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. I am also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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  1. Can you guest blog on alcircle.com about Using aluminium alloys in additive manufacturing. This would help our readers a lot. Alcircle.com widely read in aluminum industry with readers from all 195 countries.

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