Feb 9, 2018 | By Tess

DNV GL, the international quality assurance and risk management firm, has announced it will be launching a Global Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Singapore. The new facility will be dedicated to the research and development of 3D printing technologies for the oil & gas, offshore and marine (O&M) sector.

The company says that with the new Singapore-based AM center, and by providing technical standards and guidelines for certifying 3D printing hardware, processes, materials, and 3D printed parts, it will help to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing in the O&M industry.

“The establishment of the center is timely due to the rising interest in adopting additive manufacturing,” said Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO of DNV GL. “With our long track record in R&D and strong position in developing industry technical standards, DNV GL’s Global Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence will play a catalytic role in the oil & gas, offshore and marine sector.”

The choice to base the facility in Singapore is no coincidence either, as the city-state has become a hub for 3D printing in Southeast Asia. Since 2015, with the launch of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), Singapore’s government, universities, and businesses have been aboard the 3D printing train. Singapore is also a globally significant oil hub.

The region’s commitment to 3D printing technologies has resulted in some exciting Singapore-based partnerships and investments. Just yesterday, SIA Engineering and Stratasys announced their joint plant to establish a 3D printing service center in Singapore for the development of 3D printed parts for the commercial aviation industry.

The upcoming DNV GL center, which will reportedly be located in an existing building, is expected to become the company’s “global competence and service delivery center for assurance and advisory services in 3D printing and allied technologies for ship, offshore, and oil & gas industry sectors.”

For Singapore, the facility will help to enhance and bolster its position as a leader in 3D printing technologies. DNV also adds that it will be working closely with local industry partners and research organizations for its R&D.

“DNV GL’s Global Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence (CoE) will help enhance the manufacturing competitiveness of Singapore’s marine and offshore engineering industry,” added Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director of Singapore EDB.

“This CoE will join a growing ecosystem of advanced manufacturing technology providers in Singapore, attracted by our vibrant and diversified manufacturing sector. We welcome this investment from DNV GL and look forward to our continued partnership,” Kiang concluded.

 

 

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