LR participates in Additive Manufacturing Joint Industry Project in Rotterdam

20 July 2016

Additive Manufacturing (or 3D printing) is being called the ‘next industrial revolution’ in the manufacturing mix, enabling the cost effective manufacturing of complex components and equipment. From pharmaceuticals to aerospace, several industries have already adopted Additive Manufacturing (AM) due to its ability to create complex parts with a high level of precision with reduced material usage and weight.

‘3D Printing Marine Spare Parts’ was a pilot project of a consortium consisting of the Port of Rotterdam, Innovation Quarter, RDM Makerspace; it reached completion in early 2016.

AM JIP

The objectives of the project were to determine:

  • What size of parts can be printed in metal at this time?
  • Can all requirements be met if these parts are manufactured by means of additive manufacturing (Classification Rules, Statutory Regulations, International Standards)?
  • To what extent is ‘3D printing on location’ a possibility?
  • Are there economic benefits to the AM of spare parts when compared to conventional manufacturing? 
3d printing infoClick the thumbnail (left) to view the pilot project framework infographic.

The project consortium requested the exclusive participation of LR in the project for the purpose of verifying that this innovative manufacturing process would be able to consistently meet all applicable requirements. Ron van Iersel, Lead Specialist Equipment & Components, participated in the project on behalf of LR.

Following completion of the pilot project, LR also participated in the second phase of the project, now called RAMLAB – Metal Parts on demand. The consortium (Port of Rotterdam, Innovation Quarter, RDM Makerspace) continues to be supported by a growing list of partners.

Based on an extensive pilot involving 30 different participants, RAMLAB defined a specific product focus for its first Joint Industry Project (JIP): ‘The rapid manufacturing of certified relatively large metal parts using Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing’

This technology has various technical advantages, and is much cheaper and has less safety and operational issues in relation to comparable laser based systems and other AM systems. The metal parts produced are typically used in a maritime, industrial, aeronautical context as well broad range of other industries.

LR will participate in this JIP to verify that the AM technology selected can consistently ensure compliance with all applicable requirements.

For more information about the project go to www.ramlab.eu; to find out more about additive manufacturing go www.lr.org/additive-manufacturing.

This project is in addition to LR launching a global certification framework in earlier this year to help manufacturers and end users of equipment and components achieve ‘best practice’ in additive manufacturing and a route to certification. Find out more and download the guidance notes at http://www.lr.org/en/services/additive-manufacturing/additive-manufacturing-guidance-notes.aspx