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CECIMO Additive Manufacturing committee created to advance industrialisation of AM

A new Additive Manufacturing committee created by the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries and related Manufacturing Technologies (CECIMO) has been established to improve dialogue between policy makers and the 3D printing industry.

The newly created AM committee aims to formalise the position of CECIMO as an industry body representing enterprises across the AM value chain in Europe. It is intended that the committee will serve as an umbrella under which all current CECIMO activity related to AM will take place. These current activities include technical, statistical, economic, business and communications.

Specifically, CECIMO has published updates on a range of projects using additive manufacturing and participates in committees such as the ISO Technical Committee on Additive Manufacturing, known as ISO/TC 261. The role of CECIMO on the ISO committee is to develop standards, including “Additive manufacturing — General principles — Terminology,” which describes standard specifications for methods, design and materials, and qualification principles.

The newly-appointed Chairman of the CECIMO AM Committee, Stewart Lane, Corporate Manager at Renishaw plc. said, ‘’The future of European industry lies in the industrialisation of innovative technologies, such as Additive Manufacturing. With the creation of this committee, we are allowing all AM businesses to speak with a single, authoritative and expert voice in EU topics affecting their competitiveness, innovation and growth’’.

Over 350 organisations involved in additive manufacturing will provide expertise to the CECIMO committee, a group that spans 15 national associations represented by CECIMO at European Level.

How the committee will be impacted by the eventual outcome the UK’s move to leave the European Union remains to be seen. However, the additive manufacturing industry has previously expressed concerns about Brexit.

‘’AM is quickly moving from prototyping to serial production in a variety of sectors. We are on the verge of seeing the technology’s industrial uptake in Europe. Now more than ever, it is crucial to guarantee a permanent, expert-driven dialogue with EU policymakers, in order to create a thriving ecosystem for AM. Our association has been at the forefront of this effort for a very long time. With this committee, we are renewing our dedication to this objective’’, said Filip Geerts, the Director General of CECIMO.

The mandate for the new committee encompasses a wide range of topics deemed important for the industrialisation of additive manufacturing. Such topics include the EU regulatory framework, workforce development, trade and AM related statistics.

More information can be found here.

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Featured image is from What is Additive Manufacturing? via cecimo.eu

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