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ASTM F2971-13

ASTM F2971-13

Standard Practice for Reporting Data for Test Specimens Prepared by Additive Manufacturing

2016-12-27 /Active
Significance and Use:

4.1 Due to variables unique to each AM process and piece of equipment, it is critical to standardize descriptions used to report the preparation, processing, and post processing of specimens produced for tests or evaluation. The intent of this practice is to consistently document the materials and processing history associated with specimens undergoing test or evaluation. The level of detail for the documentation will match the application.

4.2 This practice establishes minimum data element requirements for reporting of material and process data for the purpose of:

4.2.1 Standardizing test specimen descriptions and test reports,

4.2.2 Assisting designers by standardizing AM materials databases,

4.2.3 Aiding material traceability through testing and evaluation,

4.2.4 Capturing property-parameter-performance relationships of AM specimens to enable predictive modeling and other computational approaches.


1.1 This practice describes a standard procedure for reporting results by testing or evaluation of specimens produced by additive manufacturing (AM). This practice provides a common format for presenting data for AM specimens, for two purposes: (1) to establish further data reporting requirements, and (2) to provide information for the design of material property databases.

1.2 The values stated in SI units are required for all additive manufacturing related standards. However, when this standard is used in combination with any test method or equipment specified in inch-pound units the results should be reported with mathematical conversions to SI units immediately following in parentheses. The conversions shall be provided for information only and are not considered standard.

1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

additive manufacturing; reporting requirements; test methods; test specimens
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