3D Printing industry is now relatively more mature, and is getting into the premises of the regulatory agencies. Canada, one of the 18 countries involved the ISO/TC 261 international standardization committee on additive manufacturing, will be working on setting standards for 3d printing. ISO/TC 261 was set up in 2011 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is working with the Bureau de Normalisation du Québec (BNQ) to help set international standards for additive manufacturing.

Speaking about the technology, John Walter, the chief executive officer of Standards Council of Canada said, “Additive manufacturing is revolutionizing the high-tech manufacturing field – facilitating the work of innovators with their designs, re-designs and prototypes”. BNQ director Jean Rousseau shares that ““BNQ is proud to partner with product manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, research centres, and governments to manage the SCC mirror committee’s work on additive manufacturing”, and emphasizes that “Advances in technology such as additive manufacturing require standards to set quality parameters and develop testing procedures,”

The rapid increase in applications of 3D printing in the cutting-edge sectors such as aeronautics, plastics, and metal fabrication, necessitates a need for standards governing a number of aspects, including terms and definitions, process chains (materials and software), testing procedures, quality parameters for primary materials and end products, and other basics.