3D Printed Marine Parts Get Validation Following Successful Tests On-Board Endeavour Oil Tanker

3D printing service provider 3D Metalforge recently completed testing of three different 3D printed parts on board ConocoPhillips Polar Tankers’ Endeavour oil tanker.

Led in collaboration with multi-national firms ABS, ConocoPhillips Polar Tankers, Sembcorp Marine Ltd, the project started in February 2021. It required the fabrication of functional additive manufactured parts that were lab-tested and installed on-board the oil tanker Endeavour.

The parts have been in operation on the oil tanker by Sembcorp Marine for six months. Thereafter, they have been retrieved, inspected by the vessel’s crew and remote surveyed by ABS, before their validation.

According to Simon Kuik, Sembcorp Marine Head of Research & Development, “the success of this project augurs well for the adoption of AM in the marine industry. Through AM, Sembcorp Marine is able to customize parts for our customers and reduce material wastage and remove supply chain inefficiencies.”

We are proud to work as a trusted partner, with companies like ABS, Sembcorp Marine and ConocoPhillips Polar Tankers to provide greater value through new and innovative manufacturing solutions, and to help meet changing component manufacturing, supply chain and sustainability challenges. The inspection and validation of these additively manufactured components support our belief in this technology and its application. This exposure to Additive Manufacturing’s capabilities will broaden its commercial applications and acceptance in the future,” said Mr. Matthew Waterhouse, 3D Metalforge Managing Director.

The announcement follows the recent collaboration of 3D Metalforge with Par Pacific to develop AM applications for the Oil & Gas sector.

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