3D Printing News

27 Feb 2020

TMS to Use 3D Printers for Submarines

Image: thyssenkrupp Marine Systems

German industrial conglomerate Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TMS) plans to use 3D printers increasingly in manufacturing submarine parts. This offers decisive advantages over conventionally produced components.The corresponding quality and safety approvals have already been granted. Through acquisition of the thyssenkrupp TechCenter Additive Manufacturing (in Mülheim an der Ruhr, North Rhein-Westphalia), the required technology and expertise will now come to the Kiel Fjord. It is planned to complete the transition by June 2020.Dr.

11 Feb 2020

Wilhelmsen Delivers 3D Printed Parts to Berge Bulk

Image: Wilhelmsen

Norway-based global maritime industry group Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA  announced that Bergeā€ÆMafadi, a Berge Bulk vessel has received the worldā€™s first commercial delivery of 3d printed scupper plugs, as part of Wilhelmsenā€™s Early Adopter Program.According to a press release, the program, where customers have exclusive access to on-demand additive manufacturing was launched by Wilhelmsenā€™s Marine Products division in December 2019. Customers include Berge Bulk, Carnival Maritimeā€¦

05 Feb 2020

Can 3D Printing Revolutionize Spare Parts Procurement?

The supply of spare pump impellers could be one of the first pieces of equipment offered through local 3D printing (Image: ShipParts.com)

Online e-procurement portal for marine spares and equipment ShipParts.com is taking part in a project to investigate how additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D printing, could revolutionize the way in which spare parts are procured and delivered.ShipParts.com has been operating for some five years, and has built up a client base of more than 1,800+ buyers and around 17,000+ sellers actively trading on the platform. Sellers are from all corners of the globe, including Europeanā€¦

30 Dec 2019

3D Printing for Offshore Wind Turbines Introduced

Image: RCAM Technologies

IT service provider Accucode is partnering up with RCAM Technologies, a specialist in large-scale concrete additive manufacturing, to develop large-scale, 3D printed concrete structures supporting offshore wind turbines.The partnership with Accucode comes on the heels of a grant announcement. RCAM Technologies recently received $250,000 from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (COEDIT) through its Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program.Theā€¦

02 Dec 2019

Wilhelmsen Launches 3D Printed Spares EAP

Photo: Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Wilhelmsen has launched an early adopter program for 3D printed marine spare parts. A strategic move by the six early adopters, Carnival Maritime, Thome Ship Management, OSM Maritime Group, Berge Bulk, Executive Ship Management and Wilhelmsen Ship Management have all signed up with Wilhelmsenā€™s Marine Products division to begin utilizing on-demand additive manufacturing.Wilhelmsen, in cooperation with Ivaldi Group, will provide spare parts on demand to the selected six customersā€™ vessels around the globe.

22 Nov 2019

World First: Patrol Vessels Deploy 3D Printers

Minister Price. Photo: Australian Govt

3D printing technology developed in Darwin will be deployed by the Royal Australian Navy in a world-first trial that will streamline the maintenance of patrol vessels.The Morrison Government will invest $1.5 million in the two-year Supersonic Deposition 3D printer pilot, which will lead to a significant increase of parts availability compared to what the regular supply chain can provide.Minister for Defense Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, congratulated the Charles Darwin Universityā€™s Advanced Manufacturing Allianceā€¦

29 Oct 2019

Sembcorp Earns 3D Printing Certifications

Sembcorp Marine President & CEO, Wong Weng Sun (right) receiving the certifications from Remi Eriksen, Group President & CEO of DNV GL. (Photo: Sembcorp Marine)

Sembcorp Marine earns 3D printing certifications for parts used in construction and repairsThese certifications will help the Group unlock significant efficiencies and reduce supply chain risksSingapore-based Sembcorp Marine has received certifications qualifying its 3D printing procedures and specifications for components used in its construction and repair projects, paving the way for new efficiencies and reduced supply chain risk, the company said.Awarded by quality assurance and risk management company DNV GLā€¦

27 Sep 2019

A World-First in 3D Printing

Photo: LR

Lloydā€™s Register and Lloydā€™s Register Foundation support the development of the worldā€™s first 3D printed rescue boat.Lloydā€™s Register (LR) is partnering with Singaporeā€™s National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), Autodesk, ST Engineering's Electronic sector and AML3D to launch a global design competition offering a first prize of S$30,000 (c£17,500) to the winner of the best innovative design idea for a 3D printed rescue boat hull. This will be the first everā€¦

27 Aug 2019

Thyssenkrupp Wins 3D Printing Approval

Pic: A probehead for taking gas samples in hot gas atmosphere, produced at the thyssenkrupp TechCenter Additive Manufacturing. It is additive manufactured from austenitic heat resistant steel, and has a longer service life due to integrated cooling channels. Image courtesy of thyssenkrupp

The international accredited registrar and classification society DNV GL has awarded thyssenkrupp, German multinational conglomerate, first additive manufacturing  approval of manufacturer certificateThe shipping industry is looking to take advantage of additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, to print spare parts, thereby reducing lead times, costs, stock requirements, and environmental impacts. Certification ensures that AM part users can have the same confidenceā€¦

13 Jun 2019

Digitalization: Managing the Flow

The SKF BlueMon monitoring system from SKF informs the crew of whether the shipā€™s emissions are within the locally permitted limits or whether they need to respond.

Mathias Rusch, Director of the Marine business unit at SKF explains what trends are currently shaping the industry, what future challenges are emerging and how operators can manage the flood of data that is coming out of the digitalization revolution.Two major trends that shipowners and operators are currently dealing with are persistently low freight rates, which have been significantly depressing shipownersā€™ earnings for a number of years and the requirements concerning emissions into both air and water that continue to grow.

14 May 2019

DNV GL, NTU Partner in 3D Printing

Pic: DNV GL

The global quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore (NTU) are supporting academic advances in additive manufacturing ā€“ the process of 3D printing ā€“ for the maritime, oil and gas and other industries, through a four-year research collaboration agreement.Two new doctoral student (PhD) positions are being created through the Industrial Postgraduate Programme, supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and DNV GL.

29 Apr 2019

Navantia to Build F-110 Frigates for Spain

Image: Navantia

Spanish state-owned shipbuilding company Navantia and the Ministry of Defense have signed the contract for the construction of five F-110 frigates for the Spanish Navy.The new generation of F-110 frigates, whose construction will begin shortly in Ferrol, stands out for having its own Spanish design and a high degree of industrial and technological sovereignty. About 80% of purchases and supplies will be made to Spanish companies.The design of this new frigate will incorporate remarkable technological advancesā€¦

16 Apr 2019

INSIGHTS: Metal Shark's Chris Allard

Metal Shark CEO Chris Allard

A naval architect and graduate of the Webb Institute, Co-Owner/CEO Chris Allard introduced the engineering-centric approach that has fueled Metal Sharkā€™s growth; driving innovation and transforming the company from a regional builder to a globally recognized industry leader.A member of the ownership team since 2005, Mr. Allard has overseen the expansion of Metal Shark from several employees to over 350. Under Mr. Allardā€™s direction, Metal Shark has successfully captured over $500ā€¦

09 Apr 2019

DNV GL, MPA Join for 3D Printing

JIP participants during the kick-off meeting and workshop at the DNV GL AM Technology Centre of Excellence. Photo: DNV GL

The classification society DNV GL has been selected to head up a Singapore-based research programme that will study the applications of additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing,  for the maritime sector.In a joint industry program (JIP) initiated by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), DNV GL will team up with ten member companies of the Singapore Ship Association (SSA) to examine how spare parts produced by 3D printers can help the capital-intensive industryā€¦

15 Mar 2019

First Commercial Drone Ship Delivery

Photo: Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Launching this week in partnership with Airbus, Wilhelmsenā€™s shore-to-ship Singapore pilot project, marks the first deployment of drone technology in real-time port conditions, delivering a variety of small, time-critical items to working vessels at anchorage.Lifting off from Marina South Pier in Singapore with 3D printed consumables from Wilhelmsenā€™s onshore 3D printing micro-factory, the Airbus Skyways drone navigated autonomously along pre-determined ā€˜aerial-corridorsā€™ in its 1.5km flight to Eastern Working Anchorage.

06 Jan 2019

Global Shipbuilding Market to Grow 2% by 2023

Graphics: Technavio

Analysts forecast the global shipbuilding market to grow at a CAGR of over 2% during the 2019-2023 period.According to Technavio analysts, one of the key factors contributing to the growth of the global shipbuilding market is the increasing seaborne trading."In the last couple of decades, the shipping industry has recorded an increase in the total trade volume. Rapid industrialization and the liberalization of economies are the prominent factors propelling trade volumes between two countriesā€¦

17 Oct 2018

Singapore Pact for 3D Printing in Maritime Sector

From left: Mr Lim Siang Yong, Chief Operating Officer of 3D MetalForge, Mr Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO (South East Asia) from PSA, Dr Ho Chaw Sing from NAMIC and Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA. Witnessing the signing ceremony are Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, and Ms Choy Sauw Kook, Assistant Chief Executive and Director-General, Quality and Excellence, Enterprise Singapore. Photo: MPA

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing.The two MoUs are: a) An MoU with PSA Corporation Limited (PSA), the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) and 3D MetalForge Pte Ltd (3D MetalForge) to establish the worldā€™s first on-site AM production facility for port applications; and b) An MoU with NAMIC and the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) toā€¦

11 Oct 2018

Paving the Way for 3D Printing in Naval Shipbuilding

(Photo: HII)

A U.S. shipbuilderā€™s piloting of new technologies is redefining the future of the naval engineering and shipbuilding industries.Huntington Ingalls Industriesā€™ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division, in collaboration with the U.S. Navy, has led the adoption of additive manufacturing of metal components for nuclear-powered warships as part of HIIā€™s digital transformation.This technological development will result in the first certified 3-D-printed metal partā€”a prototype piping assemblyā€”being installed on the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) early next year.

18 Sep 2018

US Navy: 3D Printing is the Way of the Future

A 3D printer makes a plastic copy of a door plate aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). (U.S. Navy photo by Grant G. Grady)

On August 24, 2018, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) faced a problem that didnā€™t have a quick solution: A bolt from a hangar bay door roller assembly was stressed to the point of breaking, rendering the door unable to perform its basic task of opening and closing. In order for Chung-Hoon to get this one bolt, they would need to order a whole new roller assembly, which would take time Chung-Hoon didnā€™t have.Underway as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3, Chung-Hoon was in close proximity to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C.

07 Sep 2018

Wilhelmsen, Ivaldi Group Pact for 3D Printing of Marine Parts

Image: Wilhelmsen

Wilhelmsen has partnered with Ivaldi Group to deploy an additive manufacturing facility in the Wilhelmsen Ships Serviceā€™ facilities in Singapore. The local micro factory capable of on-demand production provides 3D printed parts to select partners as part of their early adopters program in a port that sees more than 100 vessel visits a day.ā€œLooking at the costs associated with our marine products sales, the supply chain costs are frequently at least as large as the Cost of Goods Sold.ā€ says Kjell Andre Engenā€¦

25 Jul 2018

SMM Plans 3D Printing Exhibition

(Photo: Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH)

From propellers and components to entire ships, there is hardly anything additive manufacturing will not be able to make one day. 3D printing technology is still in its infancy, but experts agree that it will forever change the global flow of products; at the same time, however, it may open up entirely new perspectives for shipping. For example, by creating the ability to provide spare parts just in time at any place in the world. The 3D printing market harbors enormous potentialā€¦

04 Sep 2018

DNV GL Releases AoM for AM Manufacturers

Additive manufacturing is a term that covers industrial processes that create three dimensional objects by adding layers of material. Image: DNV GL

Classification society DNV GL has released the first approval of manufacturer (AoM) scheme for additive manufacturing (AM) producers wishing to supply products that comply with the DNV GL rules and standards.Additive manufacturing is a term that covers industrial processes that create three dimensional objects by adding layers of material: It includes such technologies as 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping (RP), Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), layered manufacturing and additive fabrication.ā€œAM is a technology that holds a great deal of promise for the maritime industryā€¦

22 Aug 2018

SMM Interview: Three Questions for Claus Ulrich Selbach

Claus Ulrich Selbach, Business Unit Director ā€“ Maritime and Technology Fairs. (Photo: SMM)

The world is filled with marine exhibitions and conferences. What is special about SMM 2018?The sheer dimensions of this trade fair are stunning: 93,000 square meters of exhibition floor in 13 halls, and 50,000 expected industry visitors from more than 120 countries make SMM the world's biggest trade fair for the maritime sector. Even more important is the quality of the fair's 2200 exhibitors which cover the entire value chain of the maritime industry. This allows us to claim international technology and innovation leadership once again.At the exhibition standsā€¦

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