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America Makes Joins ANSI for the Formation of New Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative

by • March 13, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_amped_americamanufactures_logoAs an industry, 3D printing is yet so new that it’s a bit disorganized, relatively speaking. Every industry, yet, some day reaches the point at that standards require to be created to optimize its growth. The American National Standards Institute is the go-to organization for the standardization and regulation of industry, and a new partnership with America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, has led to the formation of a regulatory institution specifically for the additive making industry. The America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC) can ensure that all players in the industry are, fundamentally, on the same page.

“The catalyst for the AMSC is the fact that a number of standards developing organizations are engaged in standards-setting for different types of aspects of additive making, prompting the require for coordination to maintain a consistent, harmonized, and non-contradictory set of additive making standards,” states ANSI. “The AMSC can select existing standards and standards in development, assess gaps, and manufacture recommendations for priority areas where there is a perceived require for extra
standardization, which include in relation to requires may already synonymous in the America Makes Additive Manufacturing Technology Roadmap.”

logoansiParticipation in AMSC is open to anyone in the industry, and the new organization’s inaugural meeting can take place of 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on March 31 at Penn State at the Navy Yard. Advance registration, plus a fee of $30, is required in advance for both in-person attendees and remote participants. If interested, you can check out the meeting agenda and logistical information on AMSC’s website.

“We are happy to partner with ANSI given its reputation and experience in facilitating collaborative processes for coordinating standardization activities,” says Edward Morris, Vice President of the National Center of Defense Manufacturing and Machining and Director of America Makes.

ANSI has been setting standards for private sector American industries since 1918, with a focus on convening stakeholders to define standards in line with national and global priorities. The Youngstown, Ohio-based America Makes has been in operation since 2012, and has acted as the national accelerator for 3D printing and additive making innovation. The organization has played a sizeable role in driving the innovation forward, and it manufactures thoughtl sense to include them in the development of a additional controlled and standardized industry.


“We welcome this partnership with America Makes on the significant work of selecting standards requireed to accelerate the adoption of additive making technologies,” says Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO.

AMSC participants include OEMs, material suppliers, and representatives of government agencies, academia, standards developing organizations, certification bodies, private industry, and other stakeholders. If you are interested in participating, email amsc@ansi.org. What do you ponder of this thought? Discuss in the America Makes & Regulating 3D Printing forum over at 3DPB.com.