The 3D printing procedures and specifications for the parts that Sembcorp Marine has used in the construction and repair project has received qualification certification. This development paved the way for the Group to bring out efficiency and bring down the risk of the supply chain.
The certification is awarded by DNC GL that is a quality assurance and risk management company. This certification allows Sembcorp Marine to use it’s 3D printing technology to repair the non critical components like worn out metal sleeves that are used in pumps and for the fabrication of bevel gear sets for machinery application.
Specifically this certification is important because it now gives Sembcorp Marine the experience to prepare for the validation and it can now make use of more of 3D printed parts in its projects without being reliant on the external sources.
Sembcorp Marine President and CEO Wong Weng Sun said: “The DNV GL certifications help us work towards a 3D printing regime that lets Sembcorp Marine custom-make components, improve their design and quality, and mitigate external procurement constraints on cost, lead-time and availability – for instance, parts for a repair job that may be expensive, obsolete, not in stock or no longer in production.”
3D printing is also called additive manufacturing. It frabricates digital file to a three dimensional solid object by adding layers of materials till the required object is not formed. The wastage of material can be reduced by using this technology and also enhances the sustainability of the operations of Sembcorp Marine’s.
According to Mr. Wong, this technology can also expedite project turnaround at Sembcorp Marine shipyards and will result in more self sufficiency of the wider offshore and marine sector.
He also said that Sembcorp Marine has been working closely with DNV GL, A Star’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), Nanyang Technological University and commercial additive manufacturer 3D Metalforge for the development of the 3D printing for O&M applications.
Mr Brice Le Gallo, DNV GL Regional Manager South East Asia and Australia and Director of the DNV GL Global Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Singapore, said: “It is very satisfying to award Sembcorp Marine the certifications for the 3D printed parts. It has been a partnership, beginning in November 2017, that showed commitment and demonstrated the technical ability of the teams involved in achieving the certifications. I truly believe 3D printing can make a major impact in reducing cost, creating efficiencies and lowering supply chain risks. I am confident that the certifications awarded to Sembcorp Marine will encourage more collaborations and developments in the O&M sector.”