TWI and Lloyd’s Register Energy join to advance laser additive manufacturing

TWI and Lloyds Register Energy

TWITWI and Lloyd’s Register Energy have planned to present a joint industry project ‘Certification of laser powder additive manufactured components for industrial adoption in the energy and offshore sectors’, on 8th September in the UK. The event is expected to attract international companies as sponsors and to make them adopt ‘approved’ AM practices early for their products.

Global trends show that AM market is set to grow by 390% in the next seven years and the Lloyd’s Register Energy’s 2014 Technology Radar survey suggests that AM will have a major impact in the oil and gas industry in the next five years.

But still, its application in the energy, offshore and marine sectors is at a relatively nascent stage. This project will bring together the R&D efforts with real-time AM practices to create new industry product certification guidelines to pave way for more widespread adoption of AM technology and to use its maximum potential.

TWI and Lloyd’s Register Energy are members of an ISO working group that is currently developing AM standards which will take several years to come to existence. But this project is aimed to be completed within 18 months.

Each sponsor may contribute a detailed component design to form the subject of a case study, which will be taken from concept through completion to provide the sponsor a conditionally certified part that meets industrial requirements for quality, safety and consistency, and which is qualified ready for market introduction.

Sponsors will also obtain improved knowledge of laser powder AM processes and practices, and a reduced cost of certification with the combined processing and manufacturing certification expertise of TWI and Lloyd’s Register Energy.

TWI have progressed the development of selective laser melting and laser metal deposition processes for many years and with the addition of Lloyd’s Register Energy’s expertise in product certification to achieve compliance with global codes, standards and regulations, this major project will have a significant impact on the energy, offshore and marine industries.