DNV GL has established an additive manufacturing (AM) centre in Singapore to drive the adoption of 3D printing technologies in the oil & gas, offshore and marine industries.
According to a company statement, DNV GL hopes to encourage the use of 3D printing in operations and maintenance by providing technical standards for certifying AM equipment, processes, products, materials and personnel.
Through the new centre, DNV GL will collaborate with Sembcorp Marine, SIMTech and NAMIC to develop and certify laser aided additive manufacturing, or LAAM, technology in fabricating large-scale structures for new build vessels in Singapore.
The facility will strive to become DNV GL’s global competence and delivery centre for 3D printing services, while also enhancing Singapore’s reputation as a global AM hub.
“We are committed to building a centre that will contribute to helping Singapore create a vibrant additive manufacturing ecosystem,” says Brice Le Gallo, DNV GL regional manager, South East Asia and Australia.
“The competence and knowledge gained through research and development and advisory engagement with our customers will support Singapore to maintain its competitive edge in the global offshore and marine market.”
In November 2017, DNV GL published the first guideline for the use of AM in the maritime and oil & gas industries, creating processes to assess factors that will impact 3D printed products — from the raw material used, to technological maturity, data transfer and the printing process itself.