The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has announced its intention to form a trade association for the metal additive manufacturing (AM) industry.

Like existing MPIF affiliated associations, the tentatively named Association for Metal Additive Manufacturing's (AMAM) main mission would be to improve the visibility and stature of metal AM within the industrial community and, in the process, enhance the metal AM industry's opportunities for continued growth.

According to the MPIF, metal AM represents a natural relationship to powder metallurgy (PM) technology, and the MPIF is already well established as the organization representing the worldwide interests of virtually all facets of PM technology. It has in place associations with combined parts manufacturing and supplier-base organizations, such as the Metal Injection Molding Association, and overseas members recognize the MPIF as a respected international trade organization.

High regard

‘By becoming a trade division of MPIF, AMAM will benefit from the well-established reputation and high regard with which this organization is held by the government, the Department of Justice, and the engineering public,’ the MPIF said.

The AMAM will be discussed at a forthcoming organizational meeting will be held at the end of the AMPM2017 conference taking place from 16 June 16 in Las Vegas, from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Manufacturers of metal AM products, precursor materials, and equipment manufacturers that support the metal AM industry are all welcome to attend. For further information contact Jim Adams at jadams@mpif.org or call +1 609 452 7700. 

This story is reprinted from material from the MPIFwith editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.