Feb 7, 2018 | By Tess

CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool Industry, is collaborating with the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) to promote and bolster the adoption of additive manufacturing technologies across the continent.

Together, the organizations intend to help transition 3D printing from a prototyping process to one that is viable as a primary manufacturing process.

“The overall challenge for AM,” they say, “is to move from a prototype solution to a main manufacturing method and be integrated into existing production environments.”

Through the agreement, CECIMO and EPMA will push 3D printing ahead while simultaneously supporting Europe’s manufacturing industry through the transformation. Both groups will coordinate their efforts by sharing information on 3D printing-related advocacy activities and will seek out new opportunities for AM within Europe.

Of course, each organization will play to its strengths as well. CECIMO, for instance, will leverage its position to represent companies in the 3D printing industry and will work with policy makers to establish industry-forward regulations and business frameworks.

These frameworks include things like establishing AM standards “within the remit of EU regulations,” as well as promoting certain areas of priority research for 3D printing in the next EU budget and developing specific curricula to promote 3D printing in the education sector.

CECIMO member states map

EPMA, for its part, will take on the effort from the materials side, raising awareness about additive manufacturing in the metal powder industry. EPMA’s goal is to “foster the synergy in the metal AM community through research programs, workshops, benchmarking, and exchange of knowledge.”

CECIMO has been at the forefront of 3D printing promotion in Europe for some time. Last year, for instance, it published the European Additive Manufacturing Strategy, which laid out specific ways that the EU could prepare itself for and take advantage of 3D printing technology.



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