Today, Lloyd’s Register launches its goal-based additive manufacturing (AM) guidance notes to industry, giving operators and manufacturers in the energy and marine industries confidence in metallic equipment and components produced using AM.
AM is being called the ‘next industrial revolution’ in the manufacturing mix. The introduction of Lloyd’s Register’s certification guidelines for metallic AM parts represents a move by the leading integrity, compliance and specialist risk consulting services group, together with engineering research and technology firm TWI, to help industry harness the technology.
Once deployed, AM will enable companies to more efficiently and cost-effectively manufacture complex components and equipment.
Chris Chung, Head of Strategic Research at Lloyd’s Register Energy, says: “As the Lloyd’s Register Energy Technology Radar survey suggests, AM will have a major impact in the oil and gas industry in the next five years. That is why last year, together with TWI and a number of industry partners, we brought together research and development efforts with real-world AM practices.
“Our new certification guidelines, launched today to industry, are already being used by companies in this joint industry project to gain early certification of AM components.”
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