Classification society DNV GL has released the first approval of manufacturer (AoM) scheme for additive manufacturing (AM) producers wishing to supply products that comply with the DNV GL rules and standards. Additive manufacturing is a term that covers industrial processes that create three dimensional objects by adding layers of material: It includes such technologies as 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping (RP), Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), layered manufacturing and additive fabrication.
The AoM programme is designed to verify a manufacturers’ ability to consistently manufacture materials and products to given specifications and in accordance with the DNV GL rule requirements.
DNV GL has been investigating the opportunities and challenges posed by AM since 2014. In 2017, DNV GL published the first guideline for the use of AM in the maritime and oil & gas industries. Earlier this year DNV GL opened the Global Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Singapore, an incubator and testbed for the research and development of additive manufacturing technology for the oil & gas, offshore and marine sector.