Additive manufacturing experts, policy makers convening in Auburn this week

By Teri Greene

Published: May 14, 2018 12:00:00 AM

Nima Shamsaei, director of Auburn's National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence, oversees 3-D printing in the lab. Nima Shamsaei, director of Auburn's National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence, oversees 3-D printing in the lab.

Researchers and policy makers from across the world are convening at Auburn University on Tuesday and Wednesday to chart a path forward for the ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence, a partnership that aims to spur technological advances in additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing. One of the center's hubs is at the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. 

This marks the first gathering of the center’s partners since Auburn University and the engineering nonprofit EWI were selected by ASTM International in March. Among the participants will be representatives from NASA.  

The meeting will serve to expedite the process of conducting groundbreaking research as efficiently as possible, said Nima Shamsaei, associate professor of mechanical engineering and the director of Auburn's National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence.

“We’re collaborating with many different organizations, from industry to not-for-profits to peer universities,” Shamsaei said. “Our goal is to establish this center and to be the place to go for doing research and development, training, standardization and certification for additive manufacturing.”

 ASTM reports that the center will be a leader in standards-related research and development, filling industry needs and serving as an international hub for innovation. In addition to supporting testing and training, the center is expected to attract stakeholders from multiple industries including aviation, automotive and medicine as they become engaged in additive manufacturing applications.

Media Contact: Teri Greene, tag0036@auburn.edu, 344-844-3591

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