Discuss Structural Integrity of 3D Printed Materials and Parts at ASTM International Symposium

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Last year, international standards organization ASTM International announced that it would be setting up an Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE), and has since been working hard to enlist launch partners for it. Things have been going well, and soon the organization will be hosting its second Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence Workshop in France. Not long after, AM CoE will also be holding its fourth Symposium on Structural Integrity of Additive Manufactured Materials and Parts.

From October 7-10, 2019, professionals within the AM community are invited to attend the symposium at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland – not far from Washington D.C.

The third symposium was held last November and welcomed about 225 attendees from 11 different countries as they learned about NDT-related topics and 3D printing standards in the medical, aerospace, and defense sectors. This event will focus entirely on the structural integrity of 3D printed parts, with specific interest paid to metals, polymers, composites, and ceramics.

The event’s objective states, “To ensure the structural integrity of additively manufactured parts, there is a need for establishing process-structure-property-performance relationships; specifically, where these components and structures are being used in safety critical applications. This event will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas regarding the structural integrity of parts fabricated using additive manufacturing with a focus on the lack of industry standards, design principals, as well as qualification and certification challenges.”

[Image: ASTM AMCOE via Twitter]

Co-chairs of this symposium are Dr. Nima Shamsaei of Auburn University and ASTM International’s own Dr. Mohsen Seifi. The event has 130 talks scheduled, though the first half-day will focus solely on the presentation of 25 papers for the student competition; first, second, and third place student papers will be awarded a monetary honorarium and a plaque of recognition. Each day of the symposium will end with a panel discussion between some important industry players.

“The Symposium offers a unique opportunity to bring together minds in industry and academia across the globe to propel the viable future of additive manufacturing,” said Dr. Shamsaei. “We are excited to have a lot of non-US colleagues and experts joining us for this major annual event in additive manufacturing.”

ASTM International AM CoE is sponsoring the 2019 symposium, with co-sponsorships from these Technical Committees:

  • Metal Powders and Metal Powder Products (B09)
  • Plastics (D20)
  • Composite Materials (D30)
  • Nondestructive Testing (E07)
  • Fatigue and Fracture (E08)
  • Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices (F04)
  • Additive Manufacturing Technologies (F42)

Symposium sponsors are Additive Industries, EOS, and MTS, and additional support is provided by the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS), the the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Get ready, because the agenda for the symposium is jam-packed with panels and talks about the needs and realities of additive manufacturing. Specific sessions will include presentations from accepted papers on many different topics related to sector-specific AM applications. Topics for some of these papers include, among others, the effect of influencing factors such as geometry and surface, microstructure-property predictive models, multiscale modeling of mechanical behavior, nondestructive testing and inspection issues, special requirements for different sectors, the applicability of current test methods and the development of new test methods, and the effect of manufacturing anomalies on fatigue and damage tolerance.

“Dedicated focus on structural integrity in AM is necessary to building a strong foundation in realizable and certifiable production in a variety of mission-critical applications,” said Dr. Seifi. “We welcome discussion and look forward to a productive fourth event.”

All symposium attendees will receive a copy of the resulting Selected Technical Papers (STP) with peer-reviewed published manuscript. Finally, attendees are invited to a networking reception after the third day of presentations, so that they can meet new people, catch up with old acquaintances, and discuss the many topics from the symposium in a more casual setting.

Online registration for the Symposium on Structural Integrity of Additive Manufactured Materials and Parts will close on October 2nd. When you register, you can also find out more detailed information about the event, such as the program schedule and hotel information.

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