B2B Marketplace for 3D Printing joins leading 3D Printing Institutions
At 3Diligent, we’re extremely pleased to announce that we’ve recently joined two of the finest institutions advancing the 3D Printing industry – America Makes and the ASTM F42 Committee! Given our dual focus on accelerating innovation and ensuring the highest level of quality in every part 3D Printed via our platform, we are very excited to work with both groups in furthering the industry. A few words on both…
In 2013, President Obama issued his annual State of the Union address. In the speech, he paid particular attention to 3D Printing, which he stated was revolutionizing manufacturing in America. In order for America to be a world leader in 3D Printing, he felt government investment was warranted, and aimed to fund public-private institutes dedicated to the advancement of 3D Printing in the US.
Central to his comments was America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Located in Youngstown, Ohio in a refurbished turn-of-the-century factory building, America Makes brings together various key players in the 3D Printing industry, including printer manufacturers, end users, service providers, and consultants. America Makes members jointly invest in projects designed to further understanding and advancement of additive manufacturing technologies. America Makes is also dedicated to helping commercialize new technologies and to accelerating adoption of those products beyond the university realm. To that end, America Makes and 3Diligent – which supports a myriad of technologies and materials within its marketplace, as well as offering a medium for exposure of emerging industrial grade technologies – are a logical fit.
Rob Gorham, Director of Operations for America Makes, offered these thoughts on 3Diligent’s entry to America Makes:
“It’s a real challenge for companies in this rapidly evolving industry to quickly connect with service providers when there’s such a wide range of 3D Printing options. The capabilities that 3Diligent offers for the industry and America Makes members makes them a great fit.”
3Diligent looks forward to supporting America Makes on a number of levels – from supporting America Makes members with its vendor network to providing newly commercialized technologies an avenue for growth on the 3Diligent platform. We also look forward to gleaning key insights from America Makes projects and sharing relevant information with 3Diligent vendors to accelerate advancement of the technology and enhance every customer’s 3Diligent.com experience.
ASTM International F42 Committee
ASTM International is the world’s leader in voluntary quality standards. Founded in 1898 as The American Society for Testing and Materials, it rebranded in 2001 as ASTM International in response to growth of its membership and use of its standards across borders and over seas. ASTM’s F42 Committee is specifically charged with the task of establishing standards for the additive manufacturing – or 3D Printing – industry.
Establishing standards is a key challenge for the rapidly evolving 3D Printing market. With the many different processes and materials available for use, the same CAD drawing fed into different 3D Printers can result in significantly different part outputs. Even parts made with the same design file, material, and machinery can vary based on different production specifications. The F42 Committee is striving to develop standards that make 3D Printing an increasingly viable option for large scale production of parts. ASTM is working closely with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in establishing these standards.
Carl Dekker, President of the F42 Committee, offered this on 3Diligent’s membership: “We’re excited to add 3Diligent to the ASTM F42 Committee on Standards for Additive Manufacturing. Their focus on quality makes them a great fit for F42. Their viewpoint across many service providers allows them to bring a unique perspective to the committee. We look forward to their engagement and support of F42 Standards.”
We wholeheartedly reciprocate Carl’s sentiment. We look forward to jointly crafting standards that will advance the industry and support rapid adoption of 3D Printing technologies both here in the US and across the globe.
3Diligent is honored to join both America Makes and the ASTM F42 Committee. By closely working with both organizations, we aim to do an even better job supporting the quality service providers in our network and in turn accelerating innovation for our customers as they seek to utilize cutting edge 3D Printing technology on demand.