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BV OFFERS VOLUNTARY CERTIFICATION IN 3D PRINTING

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 

Bureau Veritas is launching a voluntary certification scheme to address the challenges of quality, safety and environmental performance in the field of additive manufacturing (3D printing).

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 makes it possible to optimise 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. Drawings are transmitted digitally, downloaded by the user and programmed into the machines. Additive manufacturing is said to be more cost-efficient: it uses less material overall because it only adds material where necessary.

The method is being increasingly adopted in various indsutrial sectors, and Bureau Veritas has produced a art study of the many existing techniques. As a result, the Society has proposed 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 capitalising on its international network and its recognised expertise, Bureau Veritas says it allows clients to stay at the forefront of future trends.

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