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ASTM WK82605

New Specification for Additive Manufacturing – General Principles -- Metal Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion Machines for Spaceflight Applications

1. Scope

1.1 This specification covers the requirements for laser beam powder bed fusion machines used to produce metallic space flight parts.
1.2 The requirements include the factory and site acceptance tests and the in situ process monitoring sensors required to meet this specification.
1.3 Compliance with this specification provides the user with necessary process control data to meet all production part classifications.
1.4 This specification does not specify the data format or protocols, but requires the part producer to have access to all relevant data.
1.5 Additional sensor requirements may be added to the machine purchase order.
1.6 Machine sensors do not guarantee part quality, but a fusion of sensor data can be used to decrease risk of rogue defects being undetected in the build cycle.
1.6 Units—The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. Other units are included only for informational purposes.


AM; acceptance testing; ordering information


Rationale: The synthesis of PBF-LB sensor data can be utilized as a quality assurance metric for part quality and potential defect detection. Today, there are over two dozen PBF-LB machine manufactures, each having a unique way of implementing process monitoring sensors as well as visualizing, storing and exporting the data. This standard specification dictates minimum monitoring capability for PBF-LB machines used for space flight hardware and requires the machine manufacturers to make available to the machine owner, the raw data created by the sensors. Once approved, manufacturers wishing to make space flight hardware can flow-down these requirements to their selected machine vendor

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: F42.07

Committee: F42

Staff Manager: Pat Picariello

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 07-05-2022

Technical Contact: Shane Collins

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