Hardly any other technology has been as enthusiastically described in the media in recent years as 3D printing. And only a very few technologies are said to have such great potential for actually bringing about change—keyword: disruption. In fact, the possible applications for additive manufacturing processes are enormous and have long since found their way into machine and plant engineering, automobile production, medical technology and the aerospace industry.
In additive manufacturing, components are produced layer by layer from various basic materials using special printers. This technique has a number of advantages compared to more conventional methods such as milling or pressing. For instance, complex structures can be made more easily than before, and products can be economically manufactured in very small batches or even as completely unique, one-of-a-kind items.
TÜV SÜD recognized additive manufacturing processes as a central key technology years ago and assembled a team of experts for it. Even though the problems often remain very specific to particular industries, TÜV SÜD is working tirelessly to create a systemization and uniform standards for material properties, production processes and certifications for 3D printers. In this way we are contributing to the professionalization of this technology worldwide and to helping it achieve a breakthrough beyond its current applications.