Korean maritime firms to work with ABS on 3D printing project

Korean maritime companies including HD Hyundai Heavy Industries, HD Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering, HMM, the Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute, and the Korean Register of Shipping have agreed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with class society ABS to develop and demonstrate a 3D printing system for ocean-going vessels.

The project will also include stakeholders like CSCam, Ulsan Metropolitan City, Ulsan ICT Promotion Agency, and the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology.

Using a digital library for the design process, the system aims to support rapid maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) by using 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), to manufacture parts on a vessel while at sea.

“This is an exciting milestone as the company celebrates the commencement of a significant research and development effort focused on the creation of a cutting-edge 3D printing system designed to enhance maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) within the maritime industry,” said Jeon Seong Ho, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at HD Hyundai Heavy Industries.

“HD Hyundai Heavy Industries is making the effort to develop 3D printing technologies to expand its application into the shipbuilding industry.”

ABS has already been involved in a number of other of 3D printing initiatives, including a joint development project to fabricate, test and install functional 3D printed parts on board an oil tanker.

“We are proud to join this new project with HD Hyundai. AM technologies have a vast potential to revolutionise production methods, shorten supply chain lead time and provide flexibility to end users in maritime and related industries,” said Gareth Burton, ABS Vice President of Technology.

“ABS is committed to supporting the continued innovation of this technology through joint projects such as this and through our approval and certification process while maintaining our focus on quality and safety.”

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