Announcing the first PAMA “mini” magazine

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PAMA was formed as a collaboration between the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) and RadTech, a nonprofit trade association, as additive manufacturing (AM) begins to accelerate on its journey into the manufacturing supply chain. The shift from advanced prototyping toward the use of AM in the production of commercial and consumer goods only has begun to gain traction. As AM hardware and materials become more commonplace in industrial markets, we feel it is important that our industry begins to selfregulate to keep AM users (and their end customers) safe while at the same time developing shared language, methodologies and testing standards that will enable customers to make well-informed decisions when comparing different technologies.

PAMA doesn’t necessarily target specific industries, but instead is a multi-stakeholder organization which spans across the length of the entire AM supply chain (i.e., chemical producers, resin formulators, hardware OEMs, print shops, end-users/customers) and across multiple industry verticals (aerospace, automotive, dental, medical device, construction materials, etc.). This is a unique differentiator between PAMA and other classical industry organizations that are working to organize best practices targeting one specific process or vertical.

As you will see in these pages, PAMA’s various technical committees are busy developing activities and on-boarding new members to help ensure we are targeting the right questions – and we are excited to have nearly 30 organizations already represented in our group. We hope that you enjoy this mini-magazine, and we look forward to including you in our work advancing the photopolymer additive manufacturing space!

David A. Walker, PhD
Executive Chairperson
Photopolymer Additive Manufacturing Alliance (PAMA)