In an effort to eliminate the confusion over terminology, design, testing methods, materials, and processing differences, SME's Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) Community approached ASTM International to develop the additive manufacturing industry's first-ever standards. ASTM, in turn, formed the Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing, including members of the RTAM Community, to write new standards. According to ASTM, these new standards will "allow manufacturers to compare and contrast the performance of different additive processes" and "enable researchers and process developers to provide repeatable results."
First Additive Manufacturing Industry Standard Developed Anonymous Manufacturing Engineering; Feb 2010; 144, 2; Docstoc pg. 14 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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