Those interested will soon find that following the evolution of additive manufacturing standards and regulations is a whole lot easier. This is thanks to America Makes and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which are partnering to launch an online, interactive portal for tracking activity by the standardization community in the AM sphere.
Accessible to any interested stakeholders, the online portal will focus on how America Makes and ANSI are advancing in the Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing (Version 2.0) which was published in June 2018 by the America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC). Regular updates will be posted to keep the industry up-to-date on AMSC developments in the field.
The portal will be subdivided into sections, each corresponding to an area in the roadmap: design, precursor materials, process control, post-processing, finished material properties, qualification and certification, nondestructive evaluation, and maintenance and repair.
John Wilczynski, America Makes Executive Director, said of the new initiative: “The new online portal will help to make the AMSC roadmap a ‘living document’ that keeps additive manufacturing stakeholders informed on the latest standards development activities.”
“ANSI is always looking for ways to deliver added value to the community, and the AMSC portal provides users an easy way to check on the status of work to develop additive manufacturing standards,” added ANSI President & CEO S. Joe Bhatia.
Launched in 2016, the AMSC acts as a coordinating body with the aim of developing industry-wide AM standards and specifications that meet stakeholder needs. The organization gathers input from diverse standards developing organizations that deal with AM in order to establish a set of non-contradictory and consistent AM standards. That is, the AMSC is not responsible for developing standards, rather, it coordinates them.
When it was published, the Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing presented a comprehensive look at what had been accomplished and what still needed to be done for the standardization of AM. The in depth document, which gathered data from over 300 individuals from 175 public and private sector organizations, highlighted 93 gaps in the standardization landscape for AM. The portal reportedly addresses all 93 of the gaps and is providing up-to-date information on each.