The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) and the Fraunhofer Research Institute for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology (IGCV) have issued a call for partners for a proposed Club Project on Environmental Health and Safety Issues in Additive Manufacturing (AM-EHS).
The project aims to aggregate information on EHS procedures and regulations to drive recommendations EHS in AM. For this purpose, standards from the fields of welding and powder-based technologies such as Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) will also be examined.
In this way, the question of whether regulations and standards applicable to Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) in companies need to be extended, supplemented or changed will be investigated. With the results of the project, the partners of the consortium will have an overview of various challenges along the process chain, such as some of the challenges for industry and research in the L-PBF process chain.
The aims of the project include:
- Production of a project report including recommendations on safety procedures and safety equipment that will also be supplied to ISO TC 261, Technical Committee of ISO in Additive Manufacturing as an outline to be used in standardisation activities through EPMA, the official liaison between TC119 and TC261
- Production of an aggregated list of relevant safety standards
The duration of the project is expected to be eight to twelve months. Further information is available via the association’s website.