America Makes and ANSI Announce Meeting to Discuss Draft Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing

Meeting Scheduled for September 26 in Youngstown, Ohio

NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, andthe American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announce the second face-to-face meeting of the America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC) to be held Monday, September 26, 2016, in Youngstown, Ohio. The purpose of the meeting will be to review and discuss a first draft of the AMSC Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing now in development within the AMSC and targeted for release no later than one week prior to the meeting.


For the past few months, AMSC working groups have been holding virtual, bi-weekly meetings to identify existing standards and specifications, as well as those in development, assess gaps, and make recommendations for priority areas where there is a perceived need for additional standardization. The working groups cover a range of topics related to additive manufacturing including: design, process, and materials (precursor materials, process control, post-processing, and finished material properties), qualification and certification, non-destructive evaluation, and maintenance.

The AMSC is not developing standards. Rather, the hope is that the roadmap will facilitate a more coherent and coordinated approach to the future development of standards and specifications for additive manufacturing and, ultimately, contribute to the growth of the additive manufacturing industry. The group is aiming to publish the roadmap before the end of 2016.

Participation in the AMSC and the September meeting is open to additive manufacturing stakeholders that have operations in the United States. Newcomers are welcome, and membership in America Makes and/or ANSI is not required. Participation is open to representatives from private industry, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), material suppliers, government agencies, academia, standards developing organizations (SDOs), and other interested stakeholders.

The draft meeting agenda and logistical information are available on the AMSC website. While remote participation will be available, in person meeting attendance is strongly encouraged. Advance registration is required for both in-person ($30) and remote participation. Please register here.

Jim Williams, president, All Points Additive, and chair of the AMSC, said, "The AMSC has been hard at work for several months now creating an inventory of additive manufacturing standards and specifications, and doing a gap analysis to assess what more is needed. I look forward to this next milestone in the AMSC initiative and discussing with colleagues the issues of concern to our industry."

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 institute for up to 45 manufacturing innovation institutes to follow and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information about America Makes, visit http://americamakes.us.

About NCDMM
The 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 ncdmm.org.

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 the diverse interests of more than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 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.

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