The IEEE P3030 standard will be crafted to define an architectural framework for consumer 3D printing. Included will be descriptions of various domains, definitions of domain abstractions and identification of commonalities between different domains.

3D printing involves unique standards requirements and IEEE P3030 will provide a blueprint for data abstraction, quality, protection and safety. The architectural framework is intended to be a reference model that defines relationships between various domains and common architecture elements, one that addresses industry, regulatory bodies and consumer contingencies.

IEEE will host several workshops on consumer 3D printing to collect input and solicit participation for IEEE P3030. The first workshop will be held during the 2015 IEEE Global High Tech Congress on Electronics (GHTCE) in conjunction with the 17th China Hi-Tech Fair on Nov. 16-21, 2015 in Shenzhen, China.

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