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ASTM Standard Supports Use of Metals in 3D Printing

Thursday, April 5, 2018,_EWI_and_Auburn-NASA_to_Team_Up
A new International standard by ASTM International, W. Conschohocken, PA, supports metals used in 3D printing. The standardized practice (soon to be published as F3303) outlines ways to qualify machines and processes that help build parts using laser or electron-beam powder bed fusion, notes ASTM member Amir Farzadfar, materials and process engineer for additive manufacturing at Corning, Inc. The standard also outlines the related steps needed to configure and control digital data. The standard was developed by ASTM International’s subcommittee on materials and processes, part of the larger committee on additive manufacturing technologies.

“An additional standard is underway to support part qualification, quality assurance, and post-processing of powder-bed fusion parts,” Farzadfar added.

ASTM International recently announced that its new partners—EWI, Auburn University and NASA—for an Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence, which will further support standards development and related efforts in this area.

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