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The Future is Now at the Port of Rotterdam: 3-D Printing Case Study

Industrial spare parts are the lifeblood of the shipping industry; the ability to supply these parts wherever and whenever they’re needed—via 3-D printing—promises to revolutionize the marine environment. The Rotterdam Additive Manufacturing Lab (RAMLAB) is the first initiative of its kind and could be the first step toward seeing this technology more widely used within the marine environment in the future.

The 3-D printing industry is estimated to be worth $10.8 billion by 2021, and the marine industry, which has been slow to adopt the additive manufacturing processes associated with 3-D printing, stands to be among those industries with the most to gain.

A breakthrough report, 3D Printing of Marine Spares, compiled by a group of Dutch interests completed in 2016, led to the development of RAMLAB. The lab is laying the foundation for the 3-D printing of metal parts for the maritime and offshore sector, with the aim of creating an additive manufacturing ecosystem.

RAMLAB’s ecosystem is made up of the full spectrum of additive manufacturing players: hardware and software providers from the Netherlands and abroad, end users, education and knowledge institutes, testing facilities, and certification bodies and engineers. The goal is to build a complete digital manufacturing infrastructure within three to five years with the ability to design, produce and repair parts on demand.

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To make spare parts, 3-D printing robots weld layer after layer of metal to create products up to 2x2x2 meters in size. The biggest advantage is speed: a traditional casting process can take six to eight months, but by using 3-D printing, the same process can be accomplished within several weeks.

RAMLAB’s machine is based on a technology called wire arc additive manufacturing, which is currently the most suitable technology for the production of large metal parts. It uses an electric arc as its heat source and steel wire as feedstock, has various technical advantages, and is much cheaper and less time-consuming as it makes use of ready-made steel objects to be printed on. For example, the welding machine doesn’t have to print the core of the object first, but only has to weld the blades, thus saving precious manufacturing time.

Bringing the Future to the Port

RAMLAB has become first maritime-orientated additive manufacturing lab in the world. A challenging task, because the field is new and largely untested. Yet the successful implementation of a 3-D printing ecosystem will force ports to change.

There will be a change in function and opportunities for employment; however, filling the talent pipeline will be a challenge unto itself. The processes involved require skilled labor and people with higher education, who are in short supply.

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