Lockheed Earns UL’s First Safety Certification for 3D Printing
SUNNYVALE, CA—Lockheed Martin has become the first company to achieve UL 3400 certification for additive manufacturing.
With this approval, UL certifies that Lockheed Martin’s Additive Design and Manufacturing Center here meets all safety guidelines outlined in the document.
“Lockheed Martin’s ultimate goal is to build satellites in half the time and cost, and this facility will accelerate that capability for our customers,” says Thomas Malko, vice president of engineering and technology at Lockheed.
In 2017, UL published the results of a two-year investigation into the emissions of desktop 3D printers. Most recently, the company announced a partnership with Tooling U-SME to create a single source for training and professional additive manufacturing certification.
Introduced in 2017, UL 3400 details appropriate safety and hazard-mitigation procedures for the use and handling of 3D printers, powdered materials and overall facility operation.