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ABS Guides Industry on the Use of Additive Manufacturing

ABS Guides Industry on the Use of Additive Manufacturing

Written by David

April 28, 2021


ABS has published comprehensive guidance on the application of Additive Manufacturing (AM) in the marine and offshore industries. The ABS Guide for Additive Manufacturing focuses on two main categories of metal AM processes: Powder Bed Fusion and Directed Energy Deposition.


The Guide defines the ABS approval and certification process for AM facilities and AM parts by providing standards for AM design, feedstock material, building processes, inspection and testing. The Guide includes a strong focus on the quality of the materials and of the manufacturing process, both of which are key elements of the ABS process. “This exciting technology can shrink the supply chain and lead times for specialized and complex parts as well as introduce new efficiencies driven by design innovation, reduced manufacturing time and improvements in parts availability. It clearly has a significant role to play in the future of the marine and offshore industries, and ABS is committed to supporting its safe, efficient and sustainable adoption,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology. Also known as 3D printing, AM is a process of fusion/joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer. AM […]

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