Classification society ABS has signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with thyssenkrupp/Wilhelmsen joint venture company, Pelagus 3D Pte Ltd, to advance the use of additive manufacturing (AM) for on-demand marine and offshore spare parts. The MoU was signed in Singapore during the ABS Technology Forum: Enabling Electrification and Model-based Approaches.
The partners will work together on a range of initiatives, including the use of ABS testing requirements through the Pelagus Platform for 3D-printed parts. The project will continue the development of guidelines and standards for AM, the partners said, including the qualification of manufacturers and certification of parts produced by the additive manufacturing process.
Gareth Burton, ABS vice president of Technology, said: “AM technologies have the potential to streamline supply chains and simplify procurement and maintenance schedules, minimising delay and reducing costs. ABS is committed to supporting continued innovation in the development of AM technologies through industry-leading projects, such as this one with Pelagus 3D, and through our approval and certification process, while maintaining our focus on quality and safety.”
Pelagus 3D CEO, Kenlip Ong, commented: “At Pelagus 3D, we believe in pushing the boundaries of innovation to create a more resilient and efficient spare parts supply chain. The MoU signing with ABS marks a pivotal milestone for the growth of the AM spare parts supply chain. We look forward to working together with ABS to enhance testing capabilities that will ensure seamless integration and accelerate adoption of AM in the maritime and offshore industries.”
ABS and Pelagus 3D sign MoU on 3D printing