ASTM PBF-LB Machine Operator Certification

With Additive Manufacturing (AM) – scaling from prototyping to production of critical components – the need to verify the competency of machine operators is increasing. In response to the demand for a standardized approach to qualifying operators, ASTM International has developed a certification program that applies to personnel operating Powder Bed Fusion - Laser Beam (PBF-LB) systems. 


As the leading metal AM technology provider with the largest machine install base, EOS has partnered with ASTM to launch this new program with initial application on the EOS M 290 platform. Upon successful completion of this program, operators will be certified in compliance with the safety and quality operating requirements in  ‘ISO/ASTM 52942:2020 Additive manufacturing — Qualification principles — Qualifying machine operators of laser metal powder bed fusion machines and equipment used in aerospace applications’.

  • Candidates for this certification program are required to have operating experience on an EOS M 290 System. A minimum of six builds are required prior to this certification program. 
  • The ASTM certification is valid for 2 years. In order to maintain certification throughout the 2 year period, operators are required to operate a machine on a regular basis (at least once every 6 months).
  • Candidates are required to provide evidence of visual acuity from a medical practitioner upon request with the following requirements: 
    • Near vision acuity (to be tested every two years)
    • Color perception (to be tested every six years)

ASTM PBF-LB Machine Operator Certification is based on the ISO/ASTM 52942:2020 standard

Content of Theoretical Assessment:

  • Safety
  • Equipment and processes
  • Material handling 

Content of Practical Assessment

  • Setup of Powder Bed Fusion - Laser Beam (PBF-LB) systems
  • Monitoring and managing of the manufacturing process
  • Preparing PBF-LB parts for post-processing
  • Operator maintenance of PBF-LB systems
  • Advanced skills, if performed by the machine operator

For more information on the assessment topics, refer ISO/ASTM 52942-2020 standard.


  • EOS Excellence Center at Novi, MI*
  • At your location for up to 4 participants. Email us at for more details. 

*Certification will be carried out with min 3 and max 4 participants per day.


  • Certification of Operators that run EOS M290
  • Certification based on ISO/ASTM 52942:2020
Online theoretical and on-machine practical assessment
1 day (~2 hour on machine practical assessment)
ASTM Qualified PBF-LB Machine Operator Certificate
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