Following the success of the first JIPs (Joint Innovative Project/Program) dedicated to the qualification of additive manufacturing in the Oil & Gas and Maritime industries, two new JIPs had immediately been launched to further investigate on the use of AM technologies.
Co-funded through the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)’s Maritime Innovation and Technology Fund, the JIPs will explore the potential of AM technology for maritime and/or marine parts by printing and certifying critical parts, and installing them onboard vessels.
14 companies will finally be involved in the project: Ivaldi Group, Wilhelmsen, Thyssenkrupp, DNVGL, Wartsila, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Hamworthy Pumps, Tytus 3D, Berge Bulk, Thome, Carnival Maritime, OSM Maritime Group, Executive Ship Management, Gearbulk and BW Group. However, Ivaldi will take the lead in project management.
The company supports heavy industry shift to digital distribution. Not only was it involved in the first JIPs, but it also brings certain expertise in the production of 3D Printed parts for the maritime industry in Singapore.
“We’re excited to bring together companies in the industry, basing our part selection on the needs of both OEMs and end-users. We hope this project is just the beginning of additive manufacturing parts for the maritime industry. This project aims to develop the future of certification, focusing on categories to make the process faster, cheaper, and more reliable.”-says Anna D’Alessio, Director of Quality Engineering of Ivaldi.
The JIP members will be working together during the project to resolve questions around technical aspects and cost barriers for certification of critical parts that have so far kept the industry from advancing into critical parts.
Mr Kenneth Lim, Chief Technology Officer, MPA, said, “As the world’s busiest transhipment hub, Singapore continues to provide a conducive environment for companies to develop innovative technologies such as additive manufacturing, which will enhance operational efficiency and strengthen our value proposition as a just-in-time hub for provision of marine parts. We are encouraged by different industry players within the maritime ecosystem working together and look forward to wider industry adoption and sectoral transformation.”
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