DNV GL sets up 3D printing centre in Singapore

Quality assurance and risk management firm DNV GL has set up a 3D printing centre to incubate and test the technology for the oil and gas (O&G), and offshore and marine (O&M) sectors.

The new centre, which will be housed within an existing building, will develop competences in the qualification, certification and training for additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing.

The firm noted that additive manufacturing is receiving greater interest in various industries as its speed and cost become more apparent. Yet, adoption by the O&M sector has been low due to challenges in qualification and certification.

So it aims to provide the industry with technical standards and guidelines for qualifying and certifying advanced manufacturing equipment, processes, products, materials and personnel.

DNV GL declined to reveal the investment amount and the additional headcount it will employ.

The facility will be DNV GL's global competence and service delivery centre for assurance and advisory services in 3D printing and related technologies for the O&G and O&M sectors.

The Norway-headquartered company will work with local research institutes and industry partners.

For a start, it will be running a collaboration with Sembcorp Marine, SIMTech and Namic to develop and certify laser-aided additive manufacturing technology to make large-scale structures for newbuild vessels in Singapore.

It will also work with Australia's Aurora Labs on an advanced manufacturing certification standard that will cover its whole value chain from powders to parts.

Group president and chief executive Remi Eriksen said in a statement yesterday that the establishment of the centre is timely due to rising interest in the adoption of additive manufacturing.

"With our long track record in R&D and strong position in developing industry technical standards, DNV GL's Global Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence will play a catalytic role in the O&G and O&M sectors," he said.

Economic Development Board assistant managing director Lim Kok Kiang said the facility will enhance the manufacturing competitiveness of Singapore's O&M engineering industry. "This centre of excellence will join a growing ecosystem of advanced manufacturing technology providers in Singapore, attracted by our vibrant and diversified manufacturing sector," he said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 10, 2018, with the headline 'DNV GL sets up 3D printing centre in Singapore'. Subscribe