Certification of additive manufactured components

Certification of laser powder additive manufactured components for industrial adoption in the energy and offshore sectors.

Additive manufacturing will grow 390% in the next seven years, and can greatly reduce production cost and time, yet there has been no standardised way of proving to manufacturers and regulators that printed products are safe.

This joint industry project with The Welding Institute (TWI) brings together research and development efforts alongside real-world additive manufacturing practices to create new industry product certification guidelines - paving the way for more widespread adoption of the additive manufacturing technology.

ENGIE Lab-Laborelec and Rolls-Royce Nuclear have formally joined the project as sponsors in 2016, supporting the development of both organisations’ understanding and certification of additive manufacturing for non-aerospace applications. The JIP remains open for additional industry sponsors who will each contribute a detailed component design that will be taken from concept through to completion in the additive manufacturing process. 

To find out more about the JIP, look through the slides below from the launch event on 29 September 2015.  Contact us if you are interested in becoming a sponsor company, or for any other information.

Objectives of this joint industry project

  • Identifying the priority measurement and standard compliance challenges of the Energy and Offshore sectors.
  • Undertaking certification of a range of representative parts selected by the project sponsors.
  • Creating protocols that address the specific material and process needs of each sponsor.
  • Setting an example framework for certification and providing valuable information and data for AM standard development across industries and research fields.

Benefits to sponsors 

  • Certified parts that meet industrial requirements for quality, safety, and consistency, and which are qualified ready for market introduction.
  • Improved knowledge of AM processes and practises to ensure repeatability and reproducibility and facilitate the certification of future parts.
  • Decreased cost of certification by leveraging expert processing and certification knowledge and experience from both TWI and LR.
While there is an ISO joint working group (involving TWI and LR) currently developing standards for additive manufacturing, they are still several years away from the adoption stage, and there is no provision in existing standards for parts produced using additive manufacturing technologies.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor on this project, please get in touch.