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3D printing guide under development

An ASTM subcommittee is working on a new guide to enhance 3D printing that will ‘lead to better interoperability with the industry design format, and ultimately retain higher quality information for three-dimensional prints’. The new guide will build upon the subcommittee’s previous work to establish an additive manufacturing file (AMF) format.

“Any community that deals with additive manufacturing can potentially benefit from the AMF format,” said Jérémie Farret, Chief Technology Officer, Parallel Geometry Inc. and P4BUS Systems Inc. “We want to extend the interoperability of the AMF format so that new 3D printing communities can adopt the ASTM standard to produce more sophisticated and accurate results.”

Subcommittee F42.04 on Design, part of ASTM International Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies, is inviting any interested parties to participate in the development of the guide. The subcommittee is particularly interested in the input of anyone who is currently using Voxel-based and constructive solid geometry representations and their extensions.

Expanding in Latin America

Maria Isabel Barrios has joined ASTM International as its Latin American representative. ASTM International has members and customers in almost all countries in Latin America. Barrios will strengthen the organisation’s presence in the region by leading outreach initiatives to increase awareness and support for ASTM among standards bodies, businesses, trade associations, environmental groups, consumer groups and other stakeholders. Barrios has experience of partnering with ASTM and other standards development bodies, as well as developing training programmes for standards implementation.

“The demand for ASTM International’s standards and services continues to grow throughout Latin America,” said Teresa Cendrowska, ASTM Vice President of Global Cooperation. “We are thrilled that Maria Isabel is joining us to help meet the needs of government and industry in Central and South America.”

MoU signed with African Organisation for Standardisation

On 17 February, ASTM International signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO), which includes over 30 member countries in Africa. The MoU aims to:

  • Promote communications between ASTM and ARSO.
  • Avoid duplication of work.
  • Promote knowledge of each organisation’s standards development activities.
  • Utilise ASTM resources to strengthen ARSO standards programme.
  • Promote greater ARSO member input and content into ASTM standards.
  • Promote acceptance and use of ASTM standards.

“The MoU will strengthen the relationship between our organisations to help meet the needs of people and businesses in Africa and around the world,” stated James A. Thomas, ASTM President. “In addition, the MoU will aid in the development of standards for health, safety and the environment in ARSO member states.”

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