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ABS Leads U.S. Government Backed Project to Accelerate Approval of Additive Manufacturing Technologies

Project to Ensure Verification and Validation of Technology Does not Become a Roadblock to its Rollout

(HOUSTON) ABS is leading a project backed by the U.S. government to develop tools and technologies to accelerate the approval of new metal-based additive manufacturing (AM) applications.

Funded by a grant of almost $1 million from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), ABS will work with the I-DREAM4D National Consortium including its member institutions: the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley, University of Texas – Austin, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the Applied Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University to develop standards and guidelines for the rapid qualification of metal-based AM.

The work is designed to ensure qualification processes can keep pace with the growing use of AM across many industries and not become a roadblock to the technology’s adoption.

Patrick Ryan

“This is a fast-moving technology with huge potential to revolutionize supply chain and maintenance procedures both in maritime and beyond. ABS is committed to supporting its safe adoption. Key to delivering on this will be the ability to rapidly verify and validate innovative approaches and technologies. This project will develop an approach that will ensure technical authorities are equipped with the tools they need to facilitate accelerated development in a safety-focused framework,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology.

ABS has been involved in a range of industry-leading AM initiatives, including a joint development project with Sembcorp Marine, 3D Metalforge, and ConocoPhillips Polar Tankers Inc. to fabricate, test, and install functional AM parts on board an oil tanker. ABS is also leading a joint industry project with and 3D Metalforge to develop valve and pump parts for use onboard a PACC Offshore Services Holdings Offshore Support Vessel, using the AM material approval process.

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More information on ABS additive manufacturing services is available here. Download a copy of the Guide for Additive Manufacturing here.

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ABS, a leading global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, is committed to setting standards for safety and excellence in design and construction. Focused on the safe and practical application of advanced technologies and digital solutions, ABS works with industry and clients to develop accurate and cost-effective compliance, optimized performance, and operational efficiency for marine and offshore assets.

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