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World’s First Maritime 3D Printing Facility

Business Times reports on an exciting new development concerning 3D printing’s incursion into the maritime industry.  Apparently, the world’s first maritime 3D printing facility is to be built at PSA’s Pasir Panjang Terminal in Singapore.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a deal with NAMIC (National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster), PSA Corporation, and manufacturing company 3D MetalForge in order to bring this facility into fruition.

The facility will “feature state of the art 3D printers and use a specialized maritime digital cloud supported by blockchain technology for increased security of file transfers.”  As Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health Dr. Lam Pin Min explains: “the government is committed to growing 3D printing in Singapore, a technology known for disrupting how industries function.”

Dr. Lam goes on: “with additive manufacturing, customized ship parts such as propellers previously produced by original manufacturers can now be printed whenever and wherever needed, at ports of call or even onboard ships.  The replacement of parts could even just be a case of adding on layers to worn out parts.  This can prolong asset lifespans, reduce inventory, and lower the cost of maintenance.”

MPA’s Chief Executive Andrew Tan added: “as a leading maritime hub, Singapore firmly believes the maritime industry should embrace new technologies such as additive manufacturing.  The digitalization of the maritime sector in all its aspects is not a matter of how but when.”

Image Courtesy of The Straits Times

Quotes Courtesy of Business Times

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