3D Printing

Do We Need a Governing Body?

3D printing is like putty, constantly morphing and changing to suit the needs of many, but does it need more legislation?

As 3D printing has had time in the spotlight since very early into its development its, allowed for many contributors from different sectors to develop yet more technology and advance 3D printing even further. This has resulted in many applications for this ever changing method of manufacture and prototyping, though with all the pros, there are many issues surrounding it.

This is why the Arizona Technology Council has established the Additive Manufacturing Committee.

This committee has been created to serve as a means of promoting collaborations, integrate , and also inform those involved. They’ll also help gain grants for research as well as addressing regulations and legislation that needs to be finalised within Additive Manufacture.

Any material from chocolate, to cells can be used as a print medium, and this high level of adaptability needs formal training and education. This is happening in some areas of the world, though it is important that more people know and understand the impact and uses for 3D printing, as well as the right way of doing things to limit possible environmental and safety issues. This includes methods for qualifying processes and materials  as well as design tools which could otherwise cause problems if not properly examined and certified.

The committee is set to begin their work in mid-June, which is when a meeting consisting of professionals, representatives from various industries as well as Arizona State University is said to commence. It is hoped this meeting will allow attendees to voice their interests concerning 3D printing, whilst also allowing them to be shown one of Arizona’s first titanium 3D printers.

It is believed that this meeting, as well as the work of the committee will not only help those within Additive Manufacturing have their voices heard, but also show Arizona to be a leader within AM. Meetings are set to happen on the second Monday of each month.

For more information about the Additive Manufacturing Committee, please contact co-chairs Joe Manzo, CEO of Titan Industries, at [email protected] or Dhruv Bhate, senior technologist at PADT, at
[email protected].