Sembcorp Marine earns 3D printing certifications for parts used in construction and repairs
Sembcorp Marine received certifications qualifying its 3D printing procedures and specifications for components used in its construction and repair projects. This game-changing development paves the way for the Group to unlock significant efficiencies and reduce supply chain risks, the company said in its release.
Awarded by quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL, the certifications endorse Sembcorp Marine’s use of 3D printing technology for repairing non-critical parts such as worn-out metal sleeves used in pumps, and for fabricating bevel gear sets for machinery applications.
More importantly, these certifications give Sembcorp Marine the experience to prepare for the validation and use of more 3D-printed components in its projects, which will reduce the Group’s reliance on external procurement.
3D printing – also known as additive manufacturing – fabricates three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file by successively adding layers of material until the intended object is formed. This technology reduces material wastage and enhances the sustainability of Sembcorp Marine’s operations.
Mr Wong said 3D printing can also expedite project turnaround at Sembcorp Marine shipyards and allow the wider offshore and marine (O&M) sector to become more self-sufficient.
To develop 3D printing for O&M applications, he said Sembcorp Marine has been working closely with DNV GL, A*Star’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), Nanyang Technological University and commercial additive manufacturer 3D Metalforge.
About Sembcorp Marine
Sembcorp Marine provides innovative engineering solutions to the global offshore, marine and energy industries, drawing upon more than 50 years of track record. Sembcorp Marine focuses on four key capabilities, namely: Rigs & Floaters; Repairs & Upgrades; Offshore Platforms; and Specialised Shipbuilding.