UL Introduces New Plastics for AM Program

Rapid 2017: The new UL Blue Card program presents data necessary to prove the safety of plastics for 3D printing.

Serving as an extension of UL's Plastics Recognition Program (Yellow Card Program), UL introduces the Plastics for Additive Manufacturing Program and the UL Blue Card. The program defines the additional requirements necessary to recognize plastics intended for 3D printing and 3D-printed components and products. The Blue Card, a digital product information card, presents the data necessary to prove the safety, integrity and usefulness of materials intended for 3D printing.

The Blue Card provides verification that a material is appropriate for a specific 3D printing technology in a very compact, simple and easy-to-read format. Reflecting material safety property ratings, 3D model designations and build parameters, the Blue Card helps ensure the component or end-product manufacturer is using a tested and certified material, as well as being monitored at regular intervals by an independent test laboratory.

A Blue Card is issued when a material intended for 3D printing receives a UL Recognized Component Mark. Certified materials are added to the UL iQTM and Prospector databases, which are used by end-product manufacturers to find providers of verified materials and components.