DNV GL forecasts major growth of 3D printing in maritime

DNV GL is expecting a rapid growth in the use of additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing for the maritime and oil and gas industries as it launches the first approval of manufacturer (AoM) scheme.

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, ceo of DNV GL – Maritime, told a press briefing at SMM 2018 on Tuesday: “The additive manufacturing or 3D printing is an area where we see industries at, and also maritime, take a great interest in this technology and it has the potential to save time, to reduce cost and provide flexibility for everybody in the shipping industry.”

The classification society sees a major demand developing from oil and gas and maritime sectors and is gearing up to meet this. “We anticipate that in the maritime and oil and gas industries that will probably account for around 5% of the total 3D printing market and it is anticipated the reach of 3D printing in shipping and oil and gas industry will increase rapidly,” Knut explained.

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“So this is an area to watch definitely, and what can we do as DNV GL. Again it is up to us to set the safety standards, and this a true first, a first class programme for the manufacturers.”

The AoM scheme is designed to verify manufacturers' ability to consistently manufacture materials and products at given specifications and inaccordance with DNV GL rule requirements.

SMM is highlighting 3D printing in a special show area in hall B6.

Posted 04 September 2018

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