Issue 33 – November 2011
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and ASTM International have signed an agreement to increase their cooperation in the development of Standards for additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing refers to the process of joining materials to manufactured objects, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to 'subtractive manufacturing' methods, such as machining. The agreement provides new opportunities for the two organisations to adopt and jointly develop Standards that serve the global marketplace in the field of additive manufacturing.
The Partner Standards Development Organization cooperation agreement was approved at the ISO Council meeting in September 2011, in New Delhi, India and signed by ISO Secretary-General Rob Steele and ASTM President James Thomas.