ASTM International’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE) and NASA have formed a cooperative agreement to ‘support activities of common interest’.

The three-year contract, worth up to US$750,000, is aimed at supporting projects identified by NASA for the AM center to carry out, the organizations say.

‘We are excited for the opportunity to strengthen and expand our relationship with NASA,’ says Mohsen Seifi, ASTM International’s director of global additive manufacturing programs. ‘This partnership agreement will create a collaborative environment to advance additive manufacturing projects key to NASA’s future successes.’ 

The center’s first project will focus on qualification procedures for laser beam powder bed fusion (LB-PBF) AM processes. According to ASTM, qualification issues are one of the largest impediments to the growing implementation of AM into many applications. 

Richard Huff has also been appointed ASTM International’s additive manufacturing business development manager.

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