Friday 16th Nov, 2018

Company looking to large-scale 3D printing for marine manufacturing

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MARINE manufacturer VEEM is looking to use 3D metal printing technology to manufacture its products with an eye to save costs and increase efficiency.

VEEM, which also produces fin systems and gyrostabilises, ahs signed a non-binding term sheet with Aurora Labs to investigate the potential of using the 3D metal printers that Aurora develops.

Aurora is presently testing industrial grade, high speed, alrge format 3D metal printers that can be used for large-scale industrial manufacturing.

VEEM managing director Mark Miocevich said there is huge potential in the use of 3D printing technology to manufacture a range of complex components used in the company’s products, especially using metal alloys, which is notoriously challenging.

“Reliability and endurance are critical for high-intensity applications,” he said.

“Aurora Labs has developed the most advanced process we have evaluated and represents a significant step foraward in large and rapid 3D printing.”

Aurora managing director David Budge said, “VEEM are at the forefront of technology development and innovation, making them an ideal industry partner for Aurora”.

Mr Miocevich noted that the finite nature of natural resources and the full cost of energy are precipitating a move away from tradtional reductive manufacturing.

“Additive manufacturing through 3D printing is developing rapidly around the world,” he said.

“From being an expensive option for small components, recent technical developments in 3D printing point the way toward larger sizes and far more rapid production rates.”

VEEM propellers and fin systems are in use on recreational, commercial and defence vessels globally.

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