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Proposal for a standardized test artifact for additive manufacturing machines and processes



Shawn P. Moylan, John A. Slotwinski, April L. Cooke, Kevin K. Jurrens, M A. Donmez


Historically, standardized test parts are used to quantitatively evaluate the performance of a machine or process. While several different additive manufacturing (AM) test parts have been developed in the past, there are no current standard test parts. We review existing AM test parts, discuss the purposes of the studies, and describe important features and characteristics found in these test parts. We then propose a new test part, intended for standardization, incorporating the most useful features seen in previous test parts, with features designed to highlight process capabilities and test machine accuracy. We also discuss lessons learned in manufacturing prototype test parts by three-dimensional printing and direct metal laser sintering.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium
Conference Dates
August 6-8, 2012
Conference Location
Austin, TX
Conference Title
Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium


Additive Manufacturing, Performance Characterization, Test Artifact, Benchmarking


Moylan, S. , Slotwinski, J. , Cooke, A. , Jurrens, K. and Donmez, M. (2012), Proposal for a standardized test artifact for additive manufacturing machines and processes, Proceedings of the Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, Austin, TX, [online], (Accessed June 17, 2024)


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Created August 15, 2012, Updated February 19, 2017