Lloyd’s Register has developed new certification guidance notes to help manufacturers and end users of equipment and components achieve ‘best practice’ in metal additive manufacturing.

Lloyd’s has worked with engineering research and technology firm TWI, to help development the notes.

‘As the Lloyd’s Register Energy Technology Radar survey suggests, AM will have a major impact in the oil and gas industry in the next five years,’ said Chris Chung, head of strategic research at Lloyd’s Register Energy. ‘That is why last year, together with TWI and a number of industry partners, we brought together research and development efforts with real-world AM practices.’

Our new certification guidelines, launched today to industry, are already being used by companies in this joint industry project to gain early certification of AM components.’

‘To enable full industrial take-up of the technology, it is essential that the certification and validation procedures used for conventional manufacturing processes are extended and, if necessary, modified to suit additive manufacturing,’ said Roger Fairclough, principal project leader at TWI. ‘This joint industry project between Lloyd’s Register and TWI will bridge this gap for the project participants and enable them to bring AM parts quickly and safely into the industrial marketplace.’

The framework can be found here.

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