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TÜV SÜD advances digitization of 3D printing

Under the motto "iAM ready - ready for industrial production", TÜV SÜD will be presenting its range of additive manufacturing services at formnext from 19 to 22 November (Hall 11.1, Stand E60). In addition to newly developed standards and tests, the experts will present a concept for the digital certification of components. TÜV SÜD is also providing a 3D printing service network consisting of certified contract manufacturers. This stands for the highest quality on the market and gives all product manufacturers and distributors access to fast and reliable additive manufacturing.

"To make additive manufacturing possible on an industrial scale, we need a paradigm shift in process qualification," says Gregor Reischle, Head of Additive Manufacturing at TÜV SÜD Product Service. All factors that determine quality must be controlled on a product-specific basis," says Gregor Reischle, Head of Additive Manufacturing at TÜV SÜD Product Service. Hardware, software and materials must meet the desired product characteristics. To this end, we have set up our certification and qualification programs internationally." The companies certified as "industrial Additive Manufacturing ready" ("iAM ready") form a quality-assured production network. These already include Blue Production, Evonik, Protiq, Siemens Mobility and Toolcraft.

Publication of first AM standard with guideline character

Visitors to the TÜV SÜD stand can take a first look at DIN SPEC 17071. The new guideline for industry-compliant additive manufacturing serves as a precursor to a later ISO/ASTM standard. It helps to set up quality-assured manufacturing processes and to minimise risks in production for regulated and demanding sectors such as aviation or medical technology. DIN SPEC 17071 was developed with substantial cooperation and on the initiative of Deutsche Bahn AG, MT Aerospace AG, Siemens Mobility GmbH and TÜV SÜD and will be officially presented to Beuth-Verlag on 15 November 2019. It will then be available for download free of charge at www.din.de .

TÜV SÜD will be offering a 30-minute introduction to DIN SPEC 17071 every day at 9:30 a.m. for the media and trade visitors at its stand.

Concept study for digital component certification

TÜV SÜD presents its concept study for digital component certification at formnext. Components are to be certified automatically and across locations using a digital fingerprint and their use monitored. This creates transparency and ensures product-specific manufacturing quality. TÜV SÜD is demonstrating how such a process could proceed with examples of additively manufactured workpieces that are uniquely identified by means of a 3D-printed code and assigned to a data record. As early as 2020, TÜV SÜD intends to use the "Digital Part Report" to create more transparency for the properties of components manufactured using additives.

Cooperation with industry and research

TÜV SÜD has joined the Aachen Centre for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM), a cooperation of AM users from research and industry, with the aim of gaining further partners for the development of technical solutions. "We look forward to establishing successful pilot projects in the ACAM network and further improving our existing AM certifications," says Gregor Reischle. At the Industrial Transformation Asia Pacific Conference (ITAP) in Singapore, TÜV SÜD had already concluded several partnerships. These include thyssenkrupp Innovations and the Centre for Additive Manufacturing at the University of Singapore.

TÜV SÜD presentation

At the TCT Introducing Stage, Gregor Reischle presents the new TÜV SÜD services and clarifies the question "Are we ready for Industrial AM and do we deliver what we promise? (Wednesday, 20 November, 11:15 am).

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