Provides an overview of metal AM technologies, technical challenges and tradeoffs and changes to the design process.
The latest innovation in manufacturing, additive manufacturing (also known as 3-D printing) is fabrication of parts – adding material layer by layer. Additive manufacturing technologies reshape the way parts are designed and constructed, supporting rapid development of new or replacement parts, which can greatly benefit the marine and offshore industries.
ABS developed an advisory that provides an overview of metal additive manufacturing technologies, technical challenges and tradeoffs, changes to the design process, quality, reliability and how ABS can help in leveraging additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing enables production of a small number of parts locally, quickly and economically, relative to traditional manufacturing. These technologies also enable testing and production of design features that are too expensive or impractical using traditional manufacturing techniques, such as casting or forging.