Additive Manufacturing

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ABS Additive Manufacturing Guidance

Establishes a consistent approach to a three-dimensional printing of marine and offshore materials and equipment.

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Reshaping Part Construction

The latest innovation in manufacturing, additive manufacturing or 3-D printing is fabrication of parts – adding material layer by layer. Additive manufacturing has the potential to shrink the supply chain and lead times for specialized and complex parts, introducing new efficiencies driven by design innovation, reduced manufacturing time, and improvements in parts availability.

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.

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.  Additionally, ABS has released Guidance Notes establishing a consistent approach to three-dimensional (3D) printing of marine and offshore materials and equipment. Central to this new guidance is developing a process that helps manufacturers create repeatable and reliable results.


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