Additive Manufacturing – Standardization Activities and Certification Possibilities

by Gözde Tuzcu, Kiwa Nederland B.V.

ISO/TC 261 the technical committee of standardization in the field of additive manufacturing works together with ASTM F42 Committee. The work here created is followed and the standards are adopted by CEN TC438. Currently this committee has published 14 standards, have 23 standards under development in the 7 active work groups.

The standards are developed under the topics concerning AM processes (hard- and software), terms and definitions, test procedures, quality parameters, supply agreements and all kind of fundamentals.

Kiwa is following these advances in the standardization and actively takes a role in the working groups, in parallel we are developing our own certification techniques for the adaptation to this new way of production, and support this technology for the industrialization of Additive Manufacturing techniques and to improve its market acceptance.

Kiwa uses her technical knowledge and long experience on testing and certification of products and processes to develop Kiwa Covenants specialized on the essences of a certain AM process combined with a specific application.



What drives you?
New advances in technology and supporting them for the market acceptance with an impartial and reliable approach.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
The market acceptance and compliance with the regulations are usually a conflicting concept with emerging technologies. Active standardization and adaptive certification activities are the key points to make a step from a development of a technology to market entry.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
In the short run, the technologies bringing the prices down (parts with complex designs and/or replacement/refurbishing) or creating unique services or products such as production of a spare part on a ship or a MRI visual in a hospital are the ones with the greatest potential. These applications make majority more acquainted with the technology and in the long run other AM applications such as products with sustainable design for circular economy and personalization will be in wide practice.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
AM will be more and more in the daily life and it will bring diversity and freedom to the production relations.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
The technical limitations in the materials and the process technique which cannot be solved with design options might lead to some safety gaps in the products for certain applications. The contradictive nature of necessity of an activation energy to reach a more stable and low energy state may also not be tackled very easily.

“Special quote”
AM technology has the potential to create a sustainable life cycle of products and bring a new understanding to the production relations.

About Gözde Tuzcu

Gözde Tuzcu has received her Master’s degree in polymer science in Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey and came to the Netherlands for a Ph.D. on thermoplastic elastomers. She has an academic and professional expertise in polymer science and technology, from molecular architecture up to the material specifications of high-end products. She is currently working as a polymer expert in Kiwa Nederland B.V. and is a fellow in several societies of rubber technology, such as VKRT and BPRI and additive manufacturing, such as AM Platform and Flam3D. She is a member of ISO/TC 261 Standardization Committee for Additive Manufacturing.

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