Additive manufacturing has been called the 'next industrial revolution' in the manufacturing mix.
From pharmaceuticals to aerospace, several industries have already adopted AM due to its ability to create complex parts with a high level of precision with reduced material usage and weight. Combining a component’s various parts into one printed component is achievable and can lead to savings in assembly and maintenance. The industry is also investigating hybrid production that incorporates AM technology with a view to reducing its outlay on high-value material.
However, only recently has the practice of metal additive manufacturing become a more viable technique for making components in the Energy and Marine industries.
Lloyd's Register, with its rich history in both areas, has been actively developing expertise in this area, looking specifically at the third-party certification of additive manufactured parts and components.