ABS publishes guidance on 3D printing for marine, offshore assets

(HOUSTON) — ABS has published the ABS Guidance Notes on Additive Manufacturing, establishing a consistent approach to three-dimensional printing of marine and offshore materials and equipment.

Additive manufacturing has the potential to shrink the supply chain and lead times for specialized and complex parts, introducing new efficiencies across the industry. Critical for those considering additive manufacturing techniques is a consistent process that results in a final product with the desired properties and qualities.

The qualification process accommodates flexible fabrication enabling a single additive manufacturing system to produce a wide range of parts, while maintaining repeatable results and allowing for regular evaluation.

“In crafting this guidance, we recognized the importance of flexibility in additive manufacturing and outlined a process that allows for swift changes and alterations without affecting the ultimate quality,” said Demetri Stroubakis, ABS director of material and equipment. “Additive manufacturing is a game changer for the marine and offshore industries, impacting every part of the supply chain. Components with complex geometry, that once required the combination of multiple pieces to create the part, can now be produced as a single unit. Advancements in this technology will create new efficiencies, driven by design innovation, reduced manufacturing time, and improvements in parts availability.”

The ABS Guidance Notes define a procedure for qualifying additive manufactured parts, as well as the processes and systems used to create them, including directed energy deposition, powder bed fusion and binder jetting.

To download the ABS Guidance Notes on Additive Manufacturing, visit www.eagle.org.

To register for the ABS webinar on additive manufacturing technologies and processes, visit GoToWebinar.

By Professional Mariner Staff