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UL Japan to host “UL Seminar 2018” November 15, Tokyo

October 29, 2018

Additive Manufacturing (AM), also referred to as 3D Printing, has experienced substantial growth in recent years attracting interest globally. UL’s additive manufacturing team will be presenting their approach to workforce development, equipment and material compliance, and facility safety at the annual seminar hosted by UL Japan in Tokyo next month. During the course, UL will introduce the certification program for plastics for Additive Manufacturing; Blue Card Program to the local market.  Learn more about UL Seminar 2018 (*Japanese website). Below are some additional details on the AM seminar.

Course: Accelerating the Adoption of Additive Manufacturing Safely and Reliably


The introduction of AM technologies has the potential to transform modern industrial production, but it also brings new considerations for manufacturers and their employees.  These considerations include potential safety risks and various hazards associated with the material, equipment and facility where parts are manufactured, leveraging the benefits of AM while meeting the end product and customer requirements, and ensuring staff are properly trained to take full advantage of new technologies.

UL has worked closely with its consumer and industrial manufacturing partners to identify practical solutions for accelerating the adoption of AM for production safely and reliably. During this session, UL will address the risks and mitigation methods for setting up a safe and compliant operation, how to maintain the safety and integrity of plastic and metal products with AM technology compared to conventional manufactured products, and bridging the knowledge gap with today’s workforce. This session will also cover impacts to standards and current reviews to existing standards.


  • Intro to additive manufacturing
  • Setting up a safe and compliant AM operation – Approach to AM Facility Safety Management
  • Using AM for production
    • The UL Blue Card Program for plastic part production
    • Validating AM Metal materials and processes
  • Preparing your workforce



Dr. Khalid Rafi

UL AM Lead Development Engineer

Dr. Khalid Rafi has over 17 years of Training and Research experience and is one of the few established metallurgist in additive manufacturing. He serves as a participating member in various international/national standard development committees such as ISO/ASTMF42, ASME, SMF-SDO and member of certification oversight and appeals committee of Society of Manufacturing Engineers(SME), USA. He has authored over 40 research papers in reputed international journals and conference proceedings.  He works very closely with Additive Manufacturing Industry as a consultant and as a collaborator in various projects.

Dr. Rafi has received a Masters and Ph.D in Metallurgy and Material science, from Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Research Fellowships from University of Louisville, USA and NTU Singapore.