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ASTM Additive Manufacturing Standard Covers Popular Material Used in Creation of Aerospace and Medical Components


A new ASTM International standard covers a popular material used to make parts for the aerospace and medical components industries through the additive manufacturing process. The new standard, ASTM F3001, Specification for Additive Manufacturing Titanium-6 Aluminum-4 Vanadium ELI (Extra Low Interstitial) with Powder Bed Fusion, was developed by Subcommittee F42.05 on Materials and Processes, part of ASTM International Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies.

According to Nik Hrabe, materials engineer, Medical Modeling Inc., and an F42 member, prior to the development of ASTM F3001, no other standard presented guidelines for the acceptable production of additively manufactured Ti-6AL-4V ELI. Now, producers and customers will be able to use F3001 to agree on acceptable requirements for this material.

“Producers and consumers of AM Ti-6AL-4V-ELI will be the primary users of ASTM F3001, but regulatory bodies might also use the standard for minimum requirements for the material,” says Hrabe. “Laboratories might also follow the standard to certify the material.”

All interested parties are invited to join F42 in its standards developing activities. “F42 is active in all aspects of additive manufacturing and anyone interested in this field is encouraged to join the committee and contribute to the formulation of new standards to further this technology,” says Hrabe.

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Technical Contact: Nik Hrabe, Medical Modeling Inc., Golden, Colo., Phone: 303-273-5344;
ASTM Staff Contact: Pat Picariello, Phone: 610-832-9720;
ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603;

Release #9457

August 29, 2013

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