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ASTM WK86878

New Specification for Additive manufacturing of metals -- Qualification principles -- Installation, operation and performance (IQ/OQ/PQ) of PBF-EB equipment

1. Scope

This document addresses installation qualification (IQ), operational qualification (OQ), and performance
qualification (PQ) issues directly related to the additive manufacturing system that has a direct
influence on the consolidation of material. The first three elements of process validation, process
mapping, risk assessment, and validation planning, are necessary pre-conditions to machine
qualification, however, they are outside the scope of this document.
This document provides recommended practices for machine-related process qualification for serial
production of metal parts produced with the powder bed fusion, by electron beam process (PBF-EB/M).
Since this process is very similar to the PBF-LB/M, this document references ISO/ASTM TS 52930,
pointing only the differences on the validation processes. This document is addressed to organizations
that already have a comprehensive quality system in place.
This document covers issues directly related to the AM equipment and does not cover feedstock
qualification or post processing beyond powder removal.
Physical facility, personnel, process and material issues are only included to the extent necessary to
support machine qualification.


AM; melting powder


The market is adopting ISO/ASTM TS 52930 Qualification principles — Installation, operation and
performance (IQ/OQ/PQ) of PBF-LB equipment to qualify processes and needs an equivalent
document for Electron Beam Melting powder bed fusion. This document will fill that gap and be a
reference for industry validation and also regulators around the world.

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: 06-21-2023

Technical Contact: Francisco Medina

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