The project is one of 11 digitalisation projects awarded Maritime Innovation and Technology (MINT) co-funding by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).
MPA had earlier worked with the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) and the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) to support a market feasibility study on Additive Manufacturing (AM), commonly referred to as 3D printing, for commonly ordered marine parts.
“This project is a prime example of industry working in a collaborative manner to help ensure innovation success. Additive manufacturing – if undertaken under controlled conditions and appropriate processes – will change the way we order components, all whilst ensuring a continued high level of quality and safety,” said David Barrow, marine & offshore, vice-president South Asia and Pacific, BV.
Following a joint survey conducted onboard a POSH vessel, four components have been identified for additive manufacturing. These pieces will be built by 3DMF. Upon the successful demonstration and installation onboard a Singapore-flagged vessel, BV will inspect the identified components to ensure conformity and safety.
The certified final products will be installed onboard the vessel for trials lasting between three to six months. The POSH Teal, a 21,000-BHP anchor handling towing and support vessel, has been nominated as the trial vessel.
“Additive manufacturing helps in getting custom, purpose-built certified parts delivered in shorter lead times,” said Matthew Waterhouse, ceo of 3DMF.
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