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New F3318 ASTM standard supports aluminum alloys in additive manufacturing  

Mercedes-Benz Trucks produces complex metallic spare and special parts in top quality using a new 3D printing process. The photo shows the working cavity of the laser printer at whose centre a metallic thermostat cover has been produced for the first time using selective laser melting (SLM). When the work platform is raised, the powdered aluminium/silicon material moves to the side and the contours of the component become visible.

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.

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About Davide Sher

Over the last decade Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Stony Brook. He is a senior analyst for US-based firm SmarTech Publishing focusing on the additive manufacturing industry. He founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. which specialises in media and communications services for the 3DP and AM industry, through which he runs 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as two editorial websites, 3D Printing Media Network and Il Replicatore.

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