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1.1 This document provides guidance to designers who are considering the use of metal Laser Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) method for their products. This guide outlines the following post-processing operations that can be considered after completion of a build on a metal additive manufacturing system:
1.1.1 Powder removal,
1.1.2 Thermal post-processing,
1.1.3 Build platform removal,
1.1.4 Support removal,
1.1.5 Machining, and
1.1.6 Surface finishing.
1.2 The topics of non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection are beyond the scope of this document as it requires a comprehensive guide in its own right. Also, outside the scope are other metal PBF processes such as powder bed fusion – electron beam (PBF-EB) and hybrid additive manufacturing (methods combining additive manufacturing and subtractive manufacturing technologies in a single machine).
1.3 With respect to existing ISO/ASTM standards, this guide is positioned between ISO/ASTM 52910 and process-specific design guidelines such as ISO/ASTM 52911-1.
1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
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