Currently the shipbuilding industry may not be at the same page as the automotive or aerospace industry in terms of the use of additive manufacturing, but large companies in the sector are showing interest in seeing and testing how they can benefit from this new technology.
Additive manufacturing has already shown in other sectors that its use translates into a reduction in manufacturing costs, repair of parts, greater flexibility and availability of spare parts as well as the option of customizing or improving them to adapt them to new designs.
The Maritime sector pursues 3 main objectives for the implementation of the Technology:
Streamline manufacturing of customizable parts
Companies in the naval sector have always innovated in their designs, customizations and have adapted to the requirements of their clients. Additive manufacturing enables boats or specific components to be manufactured making them custom, lightweight, and more efficient in design.
Flexibility of production
The naval sector requires manufacturing systems that can be adapted to different projects and that make it technologically competitive worldwide, it does not work in large series productions, but practically every project requires the adaptation of production, the means of production they need great flexibility.
Weight reduction and assembly elements
Metal 3D printing optimizes the dimensioning of parts and reduces the number of assembly operations and, therefore, the number of components in the sector.
SOLUTION (Proposed by meltio)
Meltio gives the possibility of,
> Topological optimization – Design to achieve weight reduction, complex shapes, heat dissipation, … among others
> Fabrication of complex preforms – Obtaining complex preforms reduce machining times and avoid wasting large amounts of material.
> Use new materials – One of the great advances in metal additive manufacturing is the versatility to use a wide variety of materials, adapting to the most suitable material for each project.
These allow obtaining parts that would not be possible by other manufacturing methods, obtaining more efficient designs or totally disruptive products.