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ABS publishes additive manufacturing guidance

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

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.

ABS Senior Vice President, Technology and Engineering, Derek Novak said: “Central to this new guidance is developing a process that helps manufacturers create repeatable and reliable results.”

Additive manufacturing has the potential to shrink the supply chain and lead times for specialised and complex parts, introducing new efficiencies across the industry.

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.

ABS Director of Material and Equipment, Demetri Stroubakis said: “Additive manufacturing is a gamechanger 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.

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