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Certificate Course

Establishing an AM Facility for Critical Part Production using PBF-LB/M (at AMUG)

March 18, 9 am – 5 pm
March 19, 9 am – 3 pm

About the Course

This course is aimed at individuals with existing experience in AM, who wish to understand all the information needed to update an existing facility or create a new facility for the purpose of manufacturing safety critical parts using the laser powder bed fusion (PBF-LB) process with metal powders.

The 2-day training course is based on ISO and ASTM standards.  The course will provide detailed instruction on all aspects of the operations from feedstock selection and qualification to processing and post processing (IQ, OQ, PQ) using real life candidate parts from the attendees.

Topics covered include:

Day 1

  • Equipment selection based on candidate parts and ROI calculations
  • Facility considerations, requirements, and controls
  • Establishing factory and site acceptance tests
  • Workflow and efficiency
  • Make or buy decisions with post processing
  • Machine calibration and certification
  • Metallurgical process qualification

Day 2

  • QMS for all powder bed fusion work instruction
  • Digital twin definition
  • Part qualification considerations
  • Business plans and growth strategy
  • Personnel training requirements
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Manufacturing plan creation
  • Inspection and NDE for production
  • Considerations for NASA 6030 spec
  • In-situ monitoring

Exam will be 2 weeks after the training event, held online. After successful completion of the course, the participants will receive an ASTM AM Certificate.


  • Wohlers Associates, powered by ASTM International

    Shane Collins

    Shane Collins is a senior associate consultant at Wohlers Associates, powered by ASTM International. In this role, Shane is responsible for leading a best-in-class advisory services program for the additive manufacturing and advanced manufacturing industries. The services include but are not limited to custom training, standards education, support of certification needs, and beyond. He is a 20-year veteran of the additive manufacturing industry holding various positions in product management, business development, and operations for both 3D printing machine manufacturers and tier 1 part suppliers in both polymers and metals.  He led several metal powder bed fusion standards and holds the position of Chair of the ASTM F42.07 on additive manufacturing Applications and was formerly for 10 years, Chair of F42.05 on Materials and Process.  Shane was presented the ASTM Robert F. Painter Memorial Award in 2017, the ASTM Award of Merit in 2018 and has the honorary title of Fellow, the highest ASTM recognition.  He is a co-author of publications in the powder bed fusion of 17-4 stainless steel, nickel alloy 625, and nickel alloy 718.  Shane graduated from Purdue University in 1980 with a BS in Management. Prior to joining ASTM, Shane was the V.P. of Additive Industries of North America, Inc and the General Manager of the Process and Application Development Center in Camarillo, CA.

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  • Castheon Inc.; An ADDMAN Group Company

    Dr. Youping Gao

    Dr. Youping Gao founded Castheon Inc, now part of ADDMAN, to advance the state-of-the-art technology in additive manufacturing and industrialization.  He is a Fellow of ASTM, a part of The Laser Institute and an additive manufacturing DINO (Distinguished Innovator Operators). Previously he was a Technical Fellow & Discipline Chief and Manufacturing Engineering at Aerojet Rocketdyne (Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Boeing Rocketdyne, Rockwell Rocketdyne) where he perfected the AM process and made it a robust manufacturing platform where it is the first in the nation to receive NASA’s production certification for AM producing mission critical hardware for a manned spaceflight.
    Dr. Gao has over 30 years of experience in industrial R&D and project management, particularly in materials and processes development, design for manufacturing, product development, and technical consulting which covers additive manufacturing, laser and electron beam material processing, high temperature and high-pressure material processing, advanced refractory alloys development, hyper sonics, and rocket propulsion.
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Registration for this course is not included in AMUG 2023 conference registration.

Early bird rate – through February 17, 2023

  • $699.00

Regular rate (after February 17, 2023)

  • $840.00

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