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EPMA Launches New European Additive Manufacturing Group

The use of Additive Manufacturing (AM) with metal powders is a new and growing industry sector with many of its leading companies based in Europe.

As a result of discussions between members of the Euro­pean Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) who are active across the AM supply chain, it has been formally agreed that the EPMA launches a new sectoral group called the European Additive Manufacturing Group (EAMG). The objectives of EAMG are:
• To increase the awareness of the AM technol­ogy, with a special focus on metal powder based products.
• To enable the benefits of joint action, for example through research programmes, workshops, benchmarking and exchange of know­-ledge.
• To improve the understanding of the benefits of metal based AM technology by end users, designers, mechanical engineers, metallurgists and students.
• To assist in the development of International standards for the AM sector.
There will be two co-chairmen of the Group and in the first instance these will be Ralf Carlström of Höganäs AB/SE and Claus Aumund-Kopp from Fraunhofer IFAM/DE. They will co­ord­inate activities in several areas including conferences and workshops, promotion activities, technical research programs, training and ­stand­ardisation work. It is antici­pated that the EAMG will hold meetings regularly and it will be open to companies and organisations across the supply chain who are or will become members of the EPMA. (6/2013)

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