With AM companies and organizations from across the world coming together next week in Frankfurt, one of the key topics to be discussed will be standards. As an important player in safety and inspections, Germany-based TÜV SÜD will be showcasing its service portfolio in additive manufacturing and will highlight a new AM specification. Further, TÜV SÜD will outline a concept study for digital component certification that will show the industry a potential way forward.
DIN SPEC 17071
The new specification presented at Formnext by TÜV SÜD is DIN SPEC 17071, which functions as a precursor to the ISO/ASTM standard. The industrial AM specification is designed to assist manufacturers in establishing quality assurance and risk minimization for manufacturing processes in regulated industries, such as aerospace and healthcare.
DIN SPEC 17071, which has been published today, was created through a collaboration between Deutsche Bahn AG, MT Aerospace AG, Siemens Mobility GmbH and TÜV SÜD. The ISO/ASTM standard to follow is expected to be published “later in the future.” Formnext visitors can attend introduction sessions about the new specification at TÜV SÜD’s booth every day at 9:30am.
Digital component certification
In addition to the new specification, TÜV SÜD will also be presenting an outline for an upcoming concept study for digital component certification. The study will demonstrate what the certification process could look like through 3D printed sample workpieces which integrate digital fingerprints. Each 3D printed part has a 3D printed code which identifies the part and associates it with a specific dataset, promoting more transparency across the manufacturing process.
TÜV SÜD also plans to publish a Digital Part Report which will increase transparency related to the properties of 3D printed components. The report is expected to be published as soon as next year.
Lastly, TÜV SÜD has announced it has joined the Aachen Centre for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM), which brings together AM users from across academics and industry with the aim of developing new technological solutions and creating a larger AM network.
“To open the door to additive manufacturing on an industrial scale, we need a paradigm shift in process qualification,” said Gregor Reischle, Head of Additive Manufacturing, TÜV SÜD Product Service. “In order to achieve this, all quality-critical factors will require product-specific control. Hardware, software and materials must live up to the envisaged product characteristics. For this purpose, we have established international certification and qualification programmes.”
At Formnext, TÜV SÜD will be presenting under the theme “iAM ready—ready for industrial manufacturing.” Beyond a mere title, “iAM ready” signals a group of certified companies that make up a quality-assured production network. These companies include Blue Production, Evonik, Protia, Siemens Mobility and Toolcraft.