Work Item
ASTM WK73236

New Specification for Additive Manufacturing -- Qualification principles -- Qualification of coordinators for metallic parts production

1. Scope

This Standard specifies personnel qualification requirements for industrial manufacturing centres regarding coordination of additive manufacturing (AM) production. The AM Coordinator is responsible for translating part requirements into manufacturing requirements, such as: - Assessing whether part information (likely beyond 3d file) is complete - Assessing whether the part can be manufactured as specified and selecting appropriate manufacturing processes. - Managing the quality control aspects of manufacturing (e.g. route card)


AM; qualification; metal


For more and more companies, additive manufacturing represents an interesting alternative to established manufacturing processes. The trend towards complex, customised or consolidated components, in addition to opportunities for reduced lead times and decentralised production allows an economically feasible use for a growing number of areas. This increasingly applies to series applications, which add further demands on the efficiency and consistency of the processes. In particular, components used in regulated industries (e.g. automotive, rail, aerospace, process and industrial plants, medical) are subject to high demands in terms of quality and safety. The current lack of norms and standards means that component production processes have to be defined for each individual case, which requires greater effort and provides limited transparency, and thus, little trust of other stakeholders in the processes. Where industrial components are produced using additive manufacturing processes, these must satisfy the equivalent quality and safety requirements demanded of conventional processes. To this end, the production chain and environment must be designed such that the process quality and resulting product quality are always consistent and reproducible. To achieve consistency and reproducibility, it is of utmost importance to ensure that the involved workforce is adequately qualified for all stages of production. ISO/ASTM 52935 describes the activities and responsibilities of the actors in the field of additive manufacturing. The aim of this ISO standard is to specify the qualification tests to be employed in the assessment of an AM Coordinators skills, especially in regulated industries. Consideration of the criteria defined within the framework of this ISO standard creates a basis for fulfilling the requirements for specific products.

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


Developed by Subcommittee: F42.05

Committee: F42

Staff Manager: Pat Picariello

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 06-09-2020

Technical Contact: Francois Richard

Item: 001

Ballot: F42.05 (20-02)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution