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America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced the launch of the America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC). The purpose of the AMSC will be to coordinate and accelerate the development of industry-wide additive manufacturing standards and specifications consistent with stakeholder needs and thereby facilitate the growth of the additive manufacturing industry. Participation is open to any interested person.

Established in 2012 as the flagship Institute for the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) infrastructure, America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. It is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM).

Founded in 1918, ANSI serves as the administrator and coordinator of the United States private-sector voluntary standardization system. The Institute has a track record of convening stakeholders to define standardization needs that address national and global priorities in areas as diverse as energy efficiency in the built environment, electric vehicles, homeland security, and nanotechnology.

The catalyst for the AMSC is the fact that a number of standards developing organizations are engaged in standards-setting for various aspects of additive manufacturing, prompting the need for coordination to maintain a consistent, harmonized, and non-contradictory set of additive manufacturing standards.

The AMSC will identify existing standards and standards in development, assess gaps, and make recommendations for priority areas where there is a perceived need for additional standardization, including in relation to needs already identified in the America Makes Additive Manufacturing Technology Roadmap.

The AMSC inaugural meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 31 at Penn State at the Navy Yard, 4960 South 12th Street, Building 661, Symposium Room, Philadelphia, PA. The draft agenda and logistical information are available on the AMSC website. Advance registration for both in-person ($30) and remote participation is required.

Edward Morris, vice president of NCDMM and director of America Makes, said, “We are pleased to partner with ANSI given its reputation and experience in facilitating collaborative processes for coordinating standardization activities.”

Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO, said, “We welcome this partnership with America Makes on the important work of identifying standards needed to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing technologies.”

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