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New Approval Class Program for Additive Manufacturing Manufacturers

End users can now have greater confidence in AM products with DNV GL’s approval of manufacturer (AoM) scheme that allows AM manufacturers and suppliers to produce materials and products that comply to DNV GL rules and standards.

Additive manufacturing is a term that covers industrial processes that create three dimensional objects by adding layers of material: It includes such technologies as 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping (RP), Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), layered manufacturing and additive fabrication.

The AoM programme is designed to verify a manufacturers’ ability to consistently manufacture materials and products to given specifications and in accordance with the DNV GL rule requirements. As part of applying for AoM, manufacturers have to first undertake a proof of concept to demonstrate that they have feasible technology and products.

Speaking to customers in Singapore Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime said “DNV GL is optimistic with the growth and adoption of AM for the offshore and marine (O&M) industry.  As the the world’s leading classification society, our responsibility is to give manufacturers a clear path they can take to offer their innovative products, while ensuring that our customers can have the same confidence in an AM product as they do in any other that has undergone approval by class.”

“DNV GL’s new approval class program will encourage the adoption of Additive Manufacturing technology for Singapore’s marine and offshore engineering industry and enhance our manufacturing competitiveness.” said Lee Eng Keat, Executive Director of Commercial & Professional Services, EDB. “We look forward to continued partnerships with DNV GL to further the possibilities that Additive Manufacturing technology can bring to the industry.”

“Although additive manufacturing is relatively new for many companies, it offers great potential in terms of cost and time saving. We strongly believe that this approval program is just what the industry need to ensure that safety and quality standards are upheld,” said Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria, Regional Manager, South East Asia, Pacific & India, DNV GL – Maritime. 

“We expect Am to have a major impact in the O&M industry with a range of 3D printed spare parts and structural sensitive parts. The launch of the approval class program, coupled with our Global Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence which was set up in Singapore earlier this year will help to boost industry confidence in additive manufactured technology and products,” added Brice Le Gallo, Head of Global AM Centre of Excellence & Regional Manager, SEA & Australia, DNV GL – Oil & Gas. 

DNV GL has been investigating the opportunities and challenges posed by AM since 2014. In 2017, DNV GL published the first guideline for the use of AM in the maritime and oil & gas industries. Earlier this year DNV GL opened the Global Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Singapore, an incubator and testbed for the research and development of additive manufacturing technology for the oil & gas, offshore and marine sector.

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