DNV GL launches additive manufacturing research centre for oil and gas

Additive manufacturing. Image: DNV GL

DNV GL has boosted investment in 3D printing with establishment of the Global Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Singapore.

The new DNV GL centre will serve as an incubator and testbed for research and development of additive manufacturing technology for the oil and gas, offshore and marine (O&M) sector.

The new centre, which is supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), will focus on developing competence including qualification, certification and training for additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing.

While AM is raising more and more interest in various industries, as the benefits of speed and cost against traditional product manufacturing become apparent, the adoption level in the O&M sector is still low due to challenges in qualification and certification.

DNV GL aims to enable the adoption of this new technology in the O&M sector by providing the industry with technical standards and guidelines for qualifying and certifying AM equipment, processes, products, materials and personnel.

The facility aims to become DNV GL’s global competence and service delivery centre for assurance and advisory services in 3D printing and allied technologies for ship, offshore and oil and gas industry sectors, and has the potential to enhance Singapore’s vision to be positioned as a world leader in this technology and be recognised as an integrated global additive manufacturing hub.

DNV GL will invest in competence development and will be working with local research institutes and industry partners through joint collaborations to advance the use of AM.