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Tuesday, December 1, 2020 

According to US company Ivaldi, Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology will play a critical role in achieving a more productive and sustainable maritime industry in the next 10 to 20 years. Improving speed, sustainable delivery mechanisms, part performance, and reducing costs.

A new Joint Industry Programme (JIP) aims to bring together key industry players along the value chain to showcase the potential of AM technology for maritime and/or marine parts by printing and certifying critical parts, and installing them onboard vessels. The companies that will be involved in this project are Ivaldi Group, Wilhelmsen Ship Services, Thyssenkrupp, DNV GL, Wartsila, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Hamworthy Pumps, Tytus 3D, Berge Bulk, Thome, Carnival Maritime, Wilhelmsen Ship Management, OSM Maritime Group, Executive Ship Management.

Out of a pre-established shortlist of 100 parts identified by DNVGL in collaboration with end-users, JIP partners will select 8-10 parts for a case study. The selected parts will cover the overall objective of part-family certification and be applicable to OEM and end-user study members.

“This is an important milestone for maritime adoption of digital distribution,” said Espen Sivertsen, CEO of Ivaldi. “Up until now, certification of critical parts has been very costly and time-consuming because each part has to cover new ground. By working together on key part categories we aim to remove some of the remaining barriers for mass adoption”.

The project will consist of digitisation/optimisation and printing of select parts, the assessment of economic viability of moving components to on-demand manufacturing, and the strategic options for next steps, including, but not limited to, cost estimation of integrating on-demand manufacturing of a selection of components into SSA members' supply chain.

“We’re excited to bring together companies in the industry, basing our part selection on the needs of both OEMs and end-users. We hope this project is just the beginning of additive manufacturing parts for the maritime industry. This project aims to develop the future of certification, focusing on categories to make the process faster, cheaper, and more reliable.”-said Anna D’Alessio, Director of Quality Engineering of Ivaldi

The JIP members will be working together during the project to resolve questions around technical aspects and cost barriers for certification of critical parts that have so far kept the industry from advancing into critical parts.

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