Youngstown, Ohio — October 16, 2013. America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM), proudly announces that it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreement with ASTM International. The MOU agreement outlines a framework of cooperation between America Makes and ASTM for the development of ASTM standards in the area of additive manufacturing. The agreement was signed days prior to national Manufacturing Day (observed October 4th).
“The signing of the MOU agreement with ASTM days before commemorating national MFG Day marks a convergence of focused efforts to advance the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry,” said America Makes Deputy Director Rob Gorham. “With America Makes working in partnership with ASTM to support the development of ASTM standards for additive manufacturing and 3D printing, together we can leverage our combined technical expertise and research and development activities to ensure that the investments being made in these technologies are effective and reproducible. The impact of a standards on the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry will prove invaluable, helping to increase the manufacturing sector’s domestic competitiveness in the global economy.”
ASTM International's MOU program promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies worldwide, fostering awareness of the standardization systems of all parties involved. The program also facilitates the development of national standards that will aid each country's health, safety, environmental, and economic conditions. These agreements help avoid duplication of effort where possible and mutually promote the standards development activities of ASTM International and the national standards bodies participating in the program. MOU's are designed to encourage, increase, and facilitate the participation of technical experts from around the world in the ASTM standards development process and broaden the global acceptance and use of ASTM International standards.
Signed by ASTM International Vice President, Technical Committee Operations Katharine Morgan and Gene Berkebile, NCDMM Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, the MOU states that standards for additive manufacturing will be developed by ASTM International Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies. America Makes will participate in the ASTM process, providing technical expertise to assist in standards development, as well as technical content to serve a foundation for ASTM standards covered by the MOU.
“A strong connection between research and the standards community is critical to efficient and effective standards development, especially for emerging industry areas,” stated Ms. Morgan. “ASTM International is enthusiastic about the opportunities that the MOU with America Makes will offer Committee F42 as it develops standards to transition additive manufacturing technologies to the marketplace.”
Organized in 2009, ASTM Committee F42 promotes knowledge, stimulation of research and implementation of technology through the development of standards for additive manufacturing technologies. There are five approved F42 standards in addition to 21 draft standards currently under development.
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 pilot institute for up to 15 National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institutes and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information about America Makes, visit http://americamakes.us.
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. NCDMM also manages the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3DP printing (3DP), America Makes – the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. For additional information, visit the NCDMM at www.ncdmm.org.
About ASTM International
ASTM International is one of the largest standards development and delivery systems in the world. For more than a century, ASTM has met the technical needs of commerce. ASTM International provides a forum in which stakeholders from both the supply and demand sides of the marketplace come together and produce documents for trade and best business practices that are used around the globe. ASTM's market relevance is evident in more than 100 industrial and management sectors, ranging from construction materials and environmental assessment to medical devices and property management systems. Additionally, more than 130 nations are represented in ASTM International. For more information, visit www.astm.org.