The ASTM Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies was formed in 2009. F42 meets twice a year, usually in April and October, with about 70 members attending three days of technical meetings. The Committee, with a current membership of approximately 100, has 5 technical subcommittees:
- F42.1 Test methods
- F42.2 Processes
- F42.3 Materials
- F42.4 Design
- F42.91 Terminology
All standards developed by F42 are published in the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Volume 10.04 . Information on the F42 subcommittee structure, portfolio of approved standards, and Work Items under development, is available from the List of Subcommittees, Standards and Work Items below. These standards will play a preeminent role in all aspects of additive manufacturing technologies.
The initiative was initiated by Brent Stucker, Utah State University. In order to get financing all the activities, which are necessary to develop a standard for Additive Manufacturing, inspire-irpd (Switzerland) initiated the IMS initiative, called “Additive Manufacturing Standardisation”.
In order to fulfill the IMS requirements, the program is set up in the following way:
- 5 – 10 research entities in various additive manufacturing technologies and competencies
- 8 – 15 SMEs and service bureaus
- 5 – 10 Major large industries
- 2 – 5 Large user
- 5 – 10 OEMs
- 3 Years program