1.1 This practice is intended to be used to assign part classifications across the aviation industries that use AM to produce parts.
1.2 This practice is applicable to all AM technologies defined in ISO/ASTM used in aviation.
1.3 This practice is intended to be used to establish a metric for AM parts in downstream documents.
1.4 This practice is not intended to establish criteria for any downstream processes, but rather to establish a metric that these processes can use.
1.5 The part classification metric could be utilized by the engineering, procurement, non-destructive inspection, testing, qualification, or certification processes used for AM aviation parts.
1.6 The classification scheme in this practice establishes a consistent methodology to define and communicate the consequence of failure associated with AM aviation parts.
1.7 This practice is not intended to supersede the requirements and definitions of the applicable regulations or policies, including but not limited to the ones listed in .
1.8 align the existing regulations and guidance with the four part classes established herein. However, this alignment should not be construed as an alignment of the existing regulations to each other.
1.9 The material or process, or both, in general does not affect the consequence of failure of a part, therefore the classification scheme defined in this document may be used outside AM.
1.10 The user of this standard should not assume regulators’ endorsement of this standard as accepted mean of compliance.
1.11 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.
1.12 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.