Industry Buzz: ASTM International Seeks Partners to Launch Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence

In an organizational first, ASTM International announced today that it will establish a center of excellence in the field of additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. The organization called for industry-university proposals aimed at creating a global innovation hub that advances additive manufacturing technical standards, related research and development, education and training, and more.

The center will be supported with up to $250 000 annually for up to five years, provided from funds and in-kind contributions. In-kind support could increase the award amount beyond $250 000.

Letters of intent are due 27 November with full proposals due shortly thereafter on 15 December. The winning proposal will be announced in early 2018.

The new center will serve as a focal point for standards-related research and development activities, helping address pressing industry needs and gaps. It will also be a global hub for innovation, with capabilities that support testing, education andtraining, and more. In addition, the center will serve as a consortium in attracting stakeholders from the aviation, automotive, medical, and other industries that are increasingly engaged in additive manufacturing applications.

Applicants are expected to emphasize approaches that maximize coordination and collaboration among academia, industry, and governments.

ASTM International’s committee on additive manufacturing technologies (F42) was formed in 2009. The committee, in conjunction with the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) Technical Committee 261, has worked and continues to work closely with the Additive Manufacturing Standards Collaborative to identify and fill a variety of gaps across multiple industry sectors.

ASTM International could select up to two awardees as part of this initiative.

Details, contact information, and frequently asked questions regarding the application and selection process can be found here.

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