America Makes and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) today presented their Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing (Version 2.0) in Frankfurt, Germany, at the Formnext Conference, one of the industry's premier events.Developed by the America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC) - with contributions from some 320 individuals from 175 public- and private-sector organizations - the roadmap is an effort to coordinate and accelerate the development of industry-wide additive manufacturing (AM) standards and specifications.
Of the opportunity to participate in Formnext, America Makes Executive Director Rob Gorham said, "America Makes is about promoting U.S. manufacturing competitiveness wherever you are in the world. We are pleased to be part of this international exchange with colleagues in the industry and present our work with ANSI and America Makes members to develop our Standardization Roadmap for AM to the internationally AM community."
The Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Standards Forum at Formnext was organized by the U.S. Commercial Service in Dusseldorf, Germany.
"ANSI's mission is to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life through standards and conformity assessment," said ANSI President and CEO S. Joe Bhatia. "We thank the U.S. Commercial Service for this opportunity to showcase the work that ANSI has done in partnership with America Makes to advance the additive manufacturing industry."
John McCaslin, minister counselor for commercial affairs and regional senior commercial officer, U.S. Commercial Service, provided opening remarks. The event brought together leading experts from industry, research institutions, standards developing organizations, professional societies, and government to address key themes focused on standards development in AM/3D printing technologies. This included progress on international standards development for AM and how the use of these standards can help the industry achieve its potential.
Speaking on behalf of the AMSC was Jim McCabe, ANSI senior director of standards facilitation. Mr. McCabe explained to audience members that the AMSC roadmap describes the current and desired future AM standardization landscape. This includes published standards, those being developed, and those that are needed. The document identifies 93 "gaps" where no published standard or specification currently exists to address a particular industry need. Mr. McCabe noted that many of these gaps also require additional pre-standardization research and development (R&D).
Other speakers from the U.S. included: Kevin Jurrens, deputy chief, Intelligent Systems Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Pat Picariello, director, developmental operations, ASTM International; Laura Gilmour, global medical business development manager, EOS North America; and Donald Godfrey, engineering fellow, additive manufacturing, Honeywell Aerospace. Terry Wohlers, president, Wohlers Associates, Inc., moderated the forum.
About America Makes
America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM), America Makes is the nation's leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3D printing (3DP) technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM to increase our nation's global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first Institute within the Manufacturing USA infrastructure and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information, visit AmericaMakes.us.
NCDMM delivers innovative and collaborative manufacturing solutions that enhance our nation's workforce and economic competitiveness. NCDMM has extensive knowledge and depth in manufacturing areas - both commercial and defense - to continually innovate, improve, and advance manufacturing technologies and methodologies. Our experienced team specializes in identifying the needs, the players, the technologies, and the processes to attain optimal solutions for our customers. We connect the dots. That's the NCDMM methodology. NCDMM also manages the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes - the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. For more information, visit NCDMM.org.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is made up of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. ANSI represents and serves the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations and 30 million professionals worldwide. The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). For more information, visit www.ansi.org.