Following the success of previous AM Focus webinars, 3dpbm held the fourth installment in the series for the current year. Sailing the seas of AM applications for the maritime and the marine industries, the webinar touched upon adjacent segments such as the yacht-making industry and oil and gas, to highlight key advantages of integrating different types of AM technologies and materials in production workflows.
In this voyage, we were steered toward land by some of the leading stakeholders of this fascinating vertical segment of AM. We discuss some of the key hardware, materials and applications that are putting steam into the AM engine for maritime and marine part production. The was completely free to join and all registrants will receive a video recording of the entire session, directly to their inboxes. If you did not register, you can also watch the recording below, by signing up to 3dpbm’s webinar channel.
Presenting interesting case studies on AM for maritime industry applications, leaders in the field explored the true potential of this market segment. We heard from Valeria Tirelli, CEO of the highly specialized metal 3D printing service Aidro, about key applications of metal PBF for the manufacturing hydraulic manifolds that can reduce part weight by up to 80%.
Steve Camilleri, CTO of the Australian large format blown powder AM system manufacturer SPEE3D, presented a unique application case of the company’s unique SP3D technology for the maritime industry. Finally, Francesco Belvisi, Co-founder of OCORE (who stood in for the other co-founder, Daniele Cevola) showed us how their unique composite extrusion technology was used to produce an entire sailing boat hull.
The maritime industry—which comprises shipping companies, ships manufacturing, and port authorities—has slowly begun to undergo a digital transformation with an increasing interest in automation. Not until very recently, however, did the digital transformation in the maritime industry apply to manufacturing—and specifically to additive manufacturing processes. Marine (rather than maritime) applications were somewhat faster in adopting AM: this segment, which includes racing boats (especially in the America’s Cup, where technological advancements and weight containment are major issues), as well as luxury yachts have already begun opening up to these technologies for production of small part batches or custom components.
In the webinar, we also discussed the business perspectives and the potential of AM in the maritime industry as well as future the key applications (and standards) that will define how key maritime stakeholders will implement AM in their specific business segment.
Now our AM Focus is moving on to the next vertical, which is no less fascinating and closely linked to maritime AM: large-format 3D printing and, of course, an in-depth analysis of available large-format 3D printers. We will explore some of the largest AM systems that exist in the world today, across several vertical segments, spanning from cement constructions to life-size printing for visual marketing and more. Stay tuned and continue to follow us!