To date AMSC has published two versions of its Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing, most recently Version 2.0, June 2018. The roadmap identifies existing standards and specifications, as well as those in development, assesses gaps, and makes recommendations for priority areas where there is a perceived need for additional standardization.
Following a 2022 survey about the use of the roadmap, the AMSC advisory group – comprised of industry, government, and SDO representatives – concluded that it was time to update the document to ensure it remains relevant and aligns with current practices and stakeholder needs. The roadmap revision process in 2022-23 to develop version 3.0 will consider the previously identified gaps and priorities, including progress by SDOs and others to address the recommendations. It will also identify potentially overlooked issues. A new working group will be established to address data throughout the additive manufacturing (AM) lifecycle. Gaps will be considered as they relate to different industry sectors, material types, process categories, and qualification and certification. Subject-matter experts interested in participating are invited to review the working group architecture, sign up for one or more working groups, and indicate their industry sector.
A one-hour virtual kick-off event providing more details was held on Thursday, September 22, 2022. Click here for a recording of the webinar. It is envisioned that the working groups will hold virtual twice-monthly meetings for six months. A draft roadmap version 3.0 will be targeted for public review in April 2023 before being finalized for publication by the end of June 2023.
The AMSC roadmap describes 93 gaps where no published standard or specification currently exists to respond to a particular industry need. Prior to the initiation of the roadmap version 3.0 update, the AMSC had been issuing semi-annual progress reports to maintain the roadmap as a “living document,” tracking the publication of new standards or the initiation of new standards projects by SDOs to address the roadmap gaps and recommendations.