The president Annie Wang of Senvol, an additive manufacturing data collecting company, has been selected to serve as the Vice Chair of the Data Management Committee for the SAE AMS-AM additive manufacturing committee. The committee Co-Chairs are Rachale Andrulonis of Wichita State University and Jana Rubadue of Battelle.
This new cooperation between Senvol and SAE will have as focus to establish a system to ensure that material specifications are controlled and traceable to statistically substantiated data analyzed by documented procedures.
Additive Manufacturing Industry Standards
The main reason why industries are not yet fully adopting 3D printing in their production processes is because of a serious shortage in documented procedures. There is no centralized (or regulated) material control and there aren’t any certifications for AM materials yet. We are missing regulations that ensure raw material for additive manufacturing are of certain standards. When a manufacturer adds 3D printing parts in their production process for end-user products, it can up to now not ensure a quality standard for these materials because there simply isn’t any standard yet. Because of this, the risk is simply to high for a lot of manufacturers to incorporate 3D printing outside of R&D/prototyping. And this as a whole slows down the adoption of 3D printing. That is why the SAE additive manufacturing committee is a very welcome initiative.
Annie Wang commented: “I am delighted to serve in this role for the SAE additive manufacturing committee. Data management is a key part of what we do at Senvol, and I am pleased to be able to apply our expertise to help drive the development of much-needed standards for the additive manufacturing industry.”
This specific committee is a technical committee in SAE’s Aerospace Materials Systems Group with the responsibility to develop and maintain aerospace material and process specifications and other SAE technical reports for additive manufacturing, including precursor material, additive processes, system requirements and post-build materials, pre-processing and post-processing, non-destructive testing and quality assurance. Dave Abbott of GE Aviation currently serves as Committee Chair.
We think this is a great beginning for the implementation of industry standards in additive manufacturing processes. SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries.