A voluntary certification scheme for additive manufacturing
Apr. 21 2020
Bureau Veritas is offering a voluntary certification scheme to support the development of Industry X.0, to address the challenges of quality, safety and environmental performance in the field of additive manufacturing.
In contrast to conventional manufacturing techniques which consist in using cutting tools to remove material from a workpiece, additive manufacturing adds material layer by layer. This technique makes it possible to produce pieces of equipment using almost all types of material: plastics, metal alloys, ceramics and even concrete.
Additive manufacturing also makes it possible to optimize the number of steps necessary for manufacturing. The part can be produced directly by the company that will use it and thus limits contact and transport. His drawing is transmitted digitally, downloaded by the user and programmed into the machines. Additive manufacturing is also more cost-efficient: it uses less material overall because it only adds material where necessary.
This method is being increasingly adopted in sectors such as Construction, Industry and Healthcare, Bureau Veritas has produced a state of the art study of the many existing techniques. We are also pleased to propose a voluntary certification scheme that will allow manufacturers to ensure the conformity and safety of their pieces of equipment.
Under this voluntary certification scheme, Bureau Veritas experts carry out assessments throughout the additive manufacturing process. They assess raw materials, the manufacturing process, the production system, the prototype, the final product and the qualification of employees.
By capitalizing on its international network and its recognized expertise, Bureau Veritas allows its clients to stay at the forefront of future trends.