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FAA Drafts Plan to Regulate Additive Manufacturing of Aerospace Components

The Federal Aviation Administration has created a roadmap to address a growing use of additive manufacturing processes across the aerospace sector from a regulatory standpoint, Space News reported Friday.

FAA sent a draft version of its Additive Manufacturing Strategic Roadmap to the agency management team for evaluation and the document suggests production, certification, maintenance policies the agency aims to establish over the next seven to eight years.

Michael Gorelik, FAA chief scientific and technical adviser for fatigue and damage tolerance, said at the Additive Aerospace forum held Thursday he believes the rapid adoption of materials and processes with three-dimensional printing technology presents regulatory challenges in the commercial and military aerospace sectors.

The agency also shared the roadmap with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and NASA.

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