The quality of the metal powder is a crucial factor for reliable additive manufacturing (AM) using laser powder-bed fusion (LPBF) machines. TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH has now completed its first audit of a manufacturer of metal powder at Rosswag GmbH. The audit forms part of a new certification programme based on the AD 2000 Code for pressure equipment and thus, mutatis mutandis, the European Pressure Equipment Directive (PED).
The certification programme developed by TÜV SÜD maps the essential safety requirements specified in Annex I to the EU Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU in reference to the material manufacturer, in conjunction with the detailed requirements of the W 0 leaflet of the German AD 2000 Code. The objective of the AD 2000 Code is to specify the essential safety requirements according to the PED. The code includes the general principles for materials, joining methods, personnel, and the necessary qualification tests. In addition to quality assurance and traceability, it also covers evidence of the production reliability of certain material groups and the fundamental suitability of the metal powder for additive manufacturing.