Adding Value to Additive Manufacturing

Adding Value to Additive Manufacturing

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry.

Joe Bhatia, President and CEO, American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

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For decades, additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has quietly revolutionized industries from aerospace and automotive to architecture and medicine. With rapid advances in additive manufacturing equipment technology, cost has decreased dramatically, making 3D printing more accessible than ever.

With big advances comes the need for more coordinated, accelerated, and, in some cases, harmonized sets of standards and conformance programs. That’s why the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) teamed up with the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (America Makes) to form the Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC). Its purpose is to coordinate and accelerate the development of industry-wide standards and specifications.

As with other ANSI standards panels and collaboratives, participation is open to any interested stakeholder operating in the United States. The AMSC itself will not develop standards; rather, it will identify existing ones, assess gaps, and recommend priorities, including needs already identified in the “America Makes Additive Manufacturing Technology Roadmap.” The AMSC expects to produce a standardization roadmap for additive manufacturing by February 2017.

Organizations and individuals can get involved by contacting amsc@ansi.org or visiting www.ansi.org/amsc.

Read the October 2016 issue of electroindustry.

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