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Accreditation for 3D machines

We are at the very early stages of developing plans for the introduction of 100 SME’s to print 3D parts for OEMs.

Quite a tall order I know, but feasible if every area plays a part.
I’m still unsure about the IATF requirements when it comes to 3D printing and how this all works when supplying OEMs. I couldn’t find this clause that you made reference to previously so perhaps you could send me the actual clause or the link directly to it? Essentially, I still need your support and guidance to make this work. Without IATF approval, the plans are futile. The plan is to

Create a minimum of 200 jobs in SA - SME’s to manufacture automotive parts for Electric Vehicles
Grow the economy using existing technology (3D printing) for the next generation of vehicles i.e. EV. I plan to develop the plans to set up a new purpose-built greenfield manufacturing plant where SME’s can come together to manufacture components for local and international OEMs specifically for EV’s  I need to work with OEMs to identify the components that are not critical safety items and can be printed using Additive Manufacturing.
Setting up a massive manufacturing site where each 3D printer receives requests from OEMs and they print them as per the orders ‘locally’.
So that's it in a nutshell. Anything you can do to assist me here I would really appreciate it.
The incentive for you is there will be the need for the IATF certificate. The question is, will we need accreditation for the plant OR for each product that is produced by the 3D machines?"

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Fırat İnceli Sep 17, 2020

First of all, there is no relationship or request with the 3D machine in the IATF 16949:2016 standard. I would like to state again that you cannot see the word 3D printer directly in any item of the IATF standard.

I will answer your question in 2 ways.

Firstly, if the company produces 3D printers and sells these machines to automotive customers, then the company that produces 3D must be ISO 9001: 2015 certified. Calibration may be required for 3D printing and machine maintenance must also be performed. The machine must be repaired in case of malfunction and the necessary spare parts must be provided.

Secondly, if the company producing automotive parts uses a 3D printing machine to design products and/or molds, item 8.3 of the IATF 16949: 2016 standard must be considered a product and process design and development.

In other words, part/mold technical drawings must be kept with revision numbers and history. FMEA’s (Design and/or Process) records related to the project must be created. Prototype part tests and results must be followed and documented. This topic is about a product or process design, not related to the 3D printer machine. Here, the 3D printer is in the auxiliary equipment position. It should be calibrated, routinely maintained, necessary spare parts must be kept, user trained, etc.

 

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