The new standard, ASTM F3001, Specification for Additive Manufacturing Titanium-6 Aluminum-4 Vanadium ELI (Extra Low Interstitial) with Powder Bed Fusion, was developed by Subcommittee F42.05 on Materials and Processes, part of ASTM International Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies.

Before the development of ASTM F3001, no other standard presented guidelines for the acceptable production of additively manufactured Ti-6AL-4V ELI, said Nik Hrabe, materials engineer, Medical Modeling Inc, and an F42 member.

“Producers and consumers of AM Ti-6AL-4V-ELI will be the primary users of ASTM F3001, but regulatory bodies might also use the standard for minimum requirements for the material,” Hrabe explained. “Laboratories might also follow the standard to certify the material.”