ASTM’s Proficiency Testing Program for Additive Manufacturing and Powder Metallurgy provides laboratories with a statistical quality assurance (SQA) tool, enabling them to compare, improve, and maintain, a high level of performance in the use of ASTM methods with other laboratories worldwide.
The powder metallurgy testing and characterization program is intended to measure powder metallurgy properties related to their physical properties using ASTM International Standards. Powder Metallurgy testing laboratories and interested R&D facilities will be provided powders from manufacturers of metal powders to measure and analyze apparent density, flow rate, particle size and other properties.
Additional test methods will be added to the program over the next year in order to capture other metal powder properties. The goal of this proficiency program is to support powder metallurgy, additive manufacturing and other relevant industries by improving measuring techniques.