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Strengthening emerging technology

At ASTM our ambition is to strengthen the world's emerging technology from research to standards. ASTM Xcellerate is the way we are turning our ambition into action.
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Continually expanding our scope

Our work crosses technologies. We currently focus on additive manufacturing, exo technology, emerging airspace, and robotics and automation, but our goal is to continually expand our scope.
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Embedding standards from the start

Core to ASTM Xcellerate is the concept of embedding standards from the start of the R&D process – underpinning sustained commercial success.
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The speed and agility emerging technologies need

Xcellerate builds on ASTM's world-leading standards development process – recognized by the OECD – to provide the speed and agility emerging technologies need.

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Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is a $76bn sector that’s transforming industrial production around the world. We are putting standards at the heart of its rapid development.

Exo Technologies

From improved wellbeing in the workplace to better medical rehabilitation – our ‘research to standards’ approach is supporting developments across exo technologies.

Emerging Airspace

With drones and unmanned aircraft taking off in ever larger numbers, and space tourism a fast-approaching reality, standards are critical to creating safe and productive skies.

Robotics & Automation

Initially focussing on unmanned ground vehicles our work in robotics and automation is now expanding to include robot performance and mobile manipulators.

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project opportunities

America Makes announced three new project calls which will accelerate the adoption of AM and offer a new way for the supply chain to engage in the Institute. Several actionable focus areas are aligned to each project call, including materials data, process monitoring, data management as well as education and workforce development.

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NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) is inviting proposals for space technology research, development, and demonstration.

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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving a broad range of proposals for augmenting existing and/or developing innovative solutions that directly maintain, and/or cultivate a diverse, world-class Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ technological superiority.

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ASTM F3269-21
Standard Practice for Methods to Safely Bound Behavior of Aircraft Systems Containing Complex Functions Using Run-Time Assurance
ASTM F3389/F3389M-2
Standard Test Method for Assessing the Safety of Small Unmanned Aircraft Impacts
ASTM F3444/F3444M-20
Standard Practice for Training Exoskeleton Users