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America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC)

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America Makes & ANSI AMSC Overview

Formally launched in March 2016, the America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC) is a cross-sector coordinating body whose objective is to accelerate the development of industry-wide additive manufacturing standards and specifications consistent with stakeholder needs and thereby facilitate the growth of the additive manufacturing industry. The AMSC was launched because a number of standards developing organizations are engaged in standards-setting for various aspects of additive manufacturing, prompting the need for coordination to maintain a consistent, harmonized, and non-contradictory set of additive manufacturing standards. The AMSC is not developing standards or specifications. Rather, its purpose is to help drive coordinated standards development activity.

In February 2017, the AMSC published a standardization roadmap for additive manufacturing. The roadmap identifies existing standards and specifications, as well as those in development, assesses gaps, and makes recommendations for priority areas where there is a perceived need for additional standardization. The roadmap is supplemented by a list of standards that are directly or peripherally related to the issues described in the roadmap.

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 AMSC Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing (202 pages)

 AMSC Standards Landscape (20 pages)

 AMSC Brochure

Since publication of the roadmap, America Makes and ANSI have been actively promoting the document at industry events and meeting with the standards developing organizations (SDOs) involved in the project to discuss their efforts to advance the roadmap's recommendations.

A kickoff meeting to launch phase 2 of the AMSC’s work was held on September 7, 2017. As a major goal for phase 2 was to expand the discussion of standards needs for polymers and other materials besides metals, a special working group on polymers was established and did a wholesale review of the document’s content. A medical working group begun in phase 1 was also formalized and continued to evaluate the document’s content from the perspective of the medical community. Outreach efforts were also undertaken to engage other industry sectors such as ground vehicle/heavy equipment, energy, and industrial and commercial machinery, and electronics. All of the working groups undertook to provide updates on gaps identified in phase 1 and to identify potentially overlooked gaps.

A preliminary final draft of the AMSC Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing (Version 2.0) was released for public comment on April 6, 2018. Working group meetings will be held during May to review the comments and to finalize the roadmap for publication in June 2018.

Sponsoring Organizations

About America Makes

America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 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 and 3DP to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first of fourteen Manufacturing USA national manufacturing innovation institutes and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information about America Makes, visit


The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) delivers optimized manufacturing solutions that enhance the quality, affordability, maintainability, and rapid deployment of existing and yet-to-be developed defense systems. This is accomplished through collaboration with government, industry, and academic organizations to promote the implementation of best practices to key stakeholders through the development and delivery of disciplined training, advanced technologies, and methodologies. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at

About ANSI

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 comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute 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


The AMSC draws participation from private industry, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), material suppliers, government, academia, standards developing organizations (SDOs), and other interested stakeholders. Participation is open to additive manufacturing stakeholders that have operations in the U.S. Membership in America Makes and ANSI is not a prerequisite and there is no fee to participate at this time.

To develop the roadmap, the AMSC has eight working groups looking at issues across the life-cycle of an AM part. These working groups include design, precursor materials, process control, post-processing, finished material properties, qualification and certification, nondestructive evaluation, and maintenance. A new working group on polymers will seek to augment the roadmap's predominant focus on metals by considering standardization needs related to polymers for all horizontal topics across the working groups. The working groups typically hold online meetings every two weeks. Subject matter experts interested in participating in one or more working groups are invited to complete and return the sign-up sheet.

 View a list of AMSC participating organizations.

 View the AMSC working group architecture.

 View the AMSC working group sign-up sheet.

 For those not wishing to participate actively but who want to receive periodic informational
     updates about the AMSC, click here.

Additive Manufacturing Standards

 Access Additive Manufacturing Standards.


Most of the AMSC's work is done virtually via working groups (see above under participation).

The AMSC Phase 2 kick-off meeting was held on September 7, 2017 in Philadelphia.

* A free webinar providing an overview of the AMSC was held on August 17, 2017.

Document Library

The AMSC Document Library contains documents relating to the work of the collaborative.

  Access the document library (password access for AMSC members)


General inquiries can be sent to

Jim Williams, AMSC chair
President, All Points Additive
Tel: 610.847.9611

Lauralyn McDaniel, AMSC vice chair
Industry Manager, Medical Device Manufacturing, SME
Tel: 313.425.3108

Jim McCabe
Senior Director, Standards Facilitation, ANSI
Tel: 212.642.8921

Sarah Bloomquist
Program Manager, Standards Facilitation, ANSI
Tel: 212.642.8932

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