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Singapore’s National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) has received a boost with the launch of a new research center and the construction of a nanofabrication facility for multi-disciplinary research.
Global quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL has established a Global Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in the cluster.
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Furthermore, a new nanofabrication facility under construction at the National University of Singapore (NUS) will involve the use of 3D printing and packaging for the prototyping of new technologies.
HiFES research includes the use of 3D printing in flexible electronics. Photo via NUS.
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According to DNV GL, there has been a relatively low uptake of 3D printing within the offshore & marine (O&M) sector owing to the challenges of challenges in qualification and certification.
To address this, DNV GL aims to provide the industry with technical standards and guidelines for qualifying and certifying AM equipment, processes, products, materials and personnel.
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The company has already teamed up with Australia’s Aurora Labs to develop a certification framework for 3D printed metal parts. Following three years of investigation into 3D printing processes, DNV GL published its first classification guideline for additive manufacturing in the maritime, oil and gas industries in November 2017.
The next step is a joint industry project (JIP) to define clear requirements for 3D printed parts, which DNV GL is undertaking with key stakeholders to develop guidelines enabling the safe introduction of additive manufacturing to O&M industries.
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The new center will primarily serve as an incubator and testbed for R&D on 3D printing in O&M. It is supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), and will develop qualification, certification, and training for 3D printing.
Research has already begun in collaboration with Sembcorp Marine, SIMTech and other NAMIC members to develop and certify laser aided additive manufacturing (LAAM) technology.
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SIMTech’s LAAM technology is currently being applied to the fabrication...
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