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, 3-D printing, is the fabrication of parts by adding material layer by layer. 3D printing, also known 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 (AM) 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. 

In 2017, ABS published an Advisory that provides an overview of metal AM technologies, technical challenges and tradeoffs, changes to the design process, quality, reliability and how ABS can help in leveraging additive manufacturing.  

In 2018, ABS released new Guidance Notes that establish a consistent approach for qualifying AM systems and facilities to produce parts for the marine and offshore markets. Central to this new guidance is developing a process that helps manufacturers create repeatable and reliable results. The guidance discusses three common metal additive manufacturing techniques as listed by ASTM F42: Powder Bed Fusion (PBF), Directed Energy Deposition (DED), and Binder Jetting.

 


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