New industry developments
Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is another potential game changer in shipping. Not only can AM result in new designs for more efficient machinery components, it could also allow spare parts to be produced locally around the world. This shortens the time required for repairs and contributes to more efficient ship operations.
Modern classification services from DNV GL
DNV GL is one of the world’s largest classification and certification societies ready to approve 3D printing / AM products. With a long history as a trusted independent partner to the maritime and oil and gas industries and with a broad range of expertise, it is important to us to take a leading role in facilitating the emergence of new technologies.
Certification process flow
To examine the potential of additive manufacturing for our customers, we have carried out a feasibility study and a pilot study on 3D-printed products in the maritime and offshore industries – with very promising results. Based on these studies, we have developed a new classification guideline for the approval of 3D-printed products, which is released in November 2017.
DNV GL also offers approval and certification services for AM processes as well as for 3D-printed products.
Certification pathway for AM (3D printing)