During last week’s Formnext trade show, international standards organisation ASTM International and TÜV SÜD, a German testing and certification outfit, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) focused on speeding up adoption and trust in additive manufacturing technologies.
The strategic partnership will centre on development of new educational, advisory, qualification and certification services in sectors such as transport (land and air), industrial plants, consumer products and healthcare.
“To unleash the full potential of AM, we need a smart global ecosystem of research, standardisation, education, testing, and certification,” said Dr. Mohsen Seifi, director of global additive manufacturing programs at ASTM International. “We are pleased to sign this MOU, which aligns two globally-recognised organisations’ complementary strengths and will help create a robust technical foundation for AM innovation across many industries.”
Ken Walsh, Principal Commercial Officer of the U.S. Commercial Service at the U.S. Consulate in Düsseldorf, expressed the significance of close partnerships between organisations both here and in the U.S. in advancing AM adoption.
Walsh said: “This new technology is changing production globally and turning traditional business models upside down. It is therefore important that world-renowned AM organisations based both here and in the U.S., develop these new technologies in close cooperation.”
“TÜV SÜD is excited to be bringing its world-renowned expertise in regulatory and non-regulatory testing and certification to this important partnership,” said Holger Lindner, CEO of TÜV SÜD’s Product Service Division. “We look forward to supporting the growth and adoption of AM technologies by implementing market-relevant standards with robust certification programs while also preparing to meet the future needs of the AM industry.”