September 22, 2015
The 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing Equipment Compliance Guideline was recently updated to include guidance on Powder Safety and on 3D Printers intended for use by children in schools, as well as a deeper explanation and application of Machinery Directive requirements. The updated Guideline is now available here.
The original Guideline, released in the fall of 2014, was developed to help define a roadmap of standards and regulations that additive manufacturing equipment manufacturers need to consider. The Guideline assists manufacturers navigate the sometimes complex landscape of determining appropriate safety standards and other regulations for the equipment associated with additive manufacturing, including 3D printers.
In an effort to keep pace with the rapid change of the technology and the standard and regulatory landscapes, periodic updates will be made to the Compliance Guideline. Updates are essential as the document is meant to be utilized by the industry to make best decisions on compliance roadmaps.
Industry feedback on the Guideline has been positive and constructive to date. Since there is no specific “3D Printing Standard”, a gap in how requirements are applied in the industry remains. In soliciting feedback from the industry, UL is learning what to address to make it more valuable and useful. Based on the pace of feedback, UL expects to release updates 2 – 3 times each year.
Access the latest version of the 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing Equipment Compliance Guideline now.