We are all aware of the fact, that missing standards and qualification for the printing processes are the biggest hurdles for our technology. But there are already standards that can be used in dealing with AM processes. However, the search for them is difficult because the standardisation authorities have their own databases or certain standards are not explicitly geared to AM and are therefore hard to find.
To solve this problem, a focus group of the Materials working group has compiled AM-relevant standards and come up with a filter logic that allows a quick overview of the standards landscape in AM.
To which technology is the standard related or in which can it be used.
In order to differentiate between the many different processes, we decided to categorize them according to VDI 3405. Of course there are other categorizations of AM technologies, but the VDI version – at the moment – is the most complete one with good differentiation.
In some cases, the standard is limited to the use of specific materials or groups of materials. Sometimes the standard is technology-specific and thus limited to specific materials. We listed the most popular metals and also the most common 3D printable polymers as well as the class elastomer and ceramics.
In order to show the range of applications of 3D printed parts, we have defined different industry branches. This should make it easier for users to find standards that are close to their own use in daily work and help them to make printing a little bit easier.
Use of Standard
We have so many standard listings and of course not every single one is a classical norm. We also listed guidelines, test methods, qualifications, data sheets, certifications, etc.
In order to find the right standards quickly, it is important to know the scope of application.
As said before, just a few standards are AM-specific. Many of these are general standards, which are already being used in dealing with AM.
In order to present the database as informative and up-to-date as possible, we have also included standards that are currently not yet published but only in process or still in a draft stage.
The collected standards are from very different sources and are intended to represent the entire standard landscape. For this purpose, we have collected standards from all relevant standardisation bodies, which can also be filtered by.