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SAE International publishes first Additive Manufacturing Polymer Specifications for aerospace industry

AMS7100 and AMS 7101 define consistent materials and processes

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SAE International released the first Additive Manufacturing (AM) Polymer specifications for the aerospace industry. AMS7100: Fuse Filament Fabrication Process and AMS7101: Material for Fused Filament Fabrication represent the first specifications released under the AMS-AM Additive Manufacturing Non-Metallic (AMS-AM-P) committee. These standards were created following a request from airlines through the International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s EMG to be able to realize additively manufactured plastic cabin parts.

“Both additive manufacturing users and producers will benefit from implementing AMS-AM standards,” said, Paul Jonas, Director – Technology Development & Programs at the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and AMS-AM-P Chair. “These standards help define a consistent set of materials and process limits that both the user and producer agree to in support of part procurement activities. AMS-AM standards support the promotion of knowledge, standardization of practice and advancement of commerce in the emerging AM aerospace industry.”

The AMS7100 specification establishes the critical controls and requirements to produce reliable, repeatable, reproducible aerospace parts by Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM®) or other material extrusion production. This procedure creates guidelines that FDM System users will follow to approve new machines, processes and materials. Specifically, this new specification covers the configuration of the machine, operating software, machine calibration, machine and build parameters, and testing methodology required to create certified additively manufactured aerospace parts.

Additive Manufacturing Polymer Specifications
Stratasys offers a certification solution based on its Fortus 900 system which will very likely benefit from the new SAE standards.

The AMS7101 specification establishes the certification requirements for materials to be used in FDM or other material extrusion additive manufacturing production for aerospace components. This specification outlines the technical information, production guidelines and documentation requirements for FDM material manufacturer.

“Following the success and momentum of the SAE AMS-AM Metallic Materials committee, the swift efforts of the AMS-AM-P committee helped bring these groundbreaking, aerospace-grade AMS specifications to the global stakeholder community,” said David Alexander, Director, SAE Aerospace Standards Program.

SAE International’s AMS-AM committee collaborates with regulatory bodies in the aerospace industry, material and machine manufacturers, AM suppliers, and users to develop standards that support certification and qualification of aerospace hardware and address gaps in aerospace industry standards. The AMS-AM has published four AM Metals specifications in 2019—totaling nine AMS-AM-M Standards—with plans to release additional AMS-AMA-M and AMS-AM-P Polymer specifications in the future.insights

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Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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