With a wave of interest in 3D printing potentially opening up new lines of business for metal suppliers, the Aluminum Association is helping to burnish the standards for printing materials.
This week, the association launched a new material designation system for 3D printing, creating a new “purple sheet” for chemical designations related to aluminum powders used in the 3D printing process. According to a news release, it’s the association’s first new material registration record in nearly two decades—a record style that relies on various color sheets to help set standards for different types of metal use.
It’s something that Heidi Brock, the association’s president and CEO, says helps to bolster the industry’s work in new types of metals and the uptake of new applications.
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