Singaporean 3D-printed propeller project adds ABS
A Singaporean-led project to manufacture and class a 3D-printed propeller will include support from ABS. The project, which includes Mencast Marine (MMPL), the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC), aims to 3D-print a ship propeller using cutting-edge Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) techniques.
The introduction of WAAM techniques into propeller manufacturing is intended to shorten build-times, while delivering high-quality support-free prints. ABS’ involvement is intended to ensure that the 3D-printed propeller aligns with rigorous ABS Classification standards for propeller production.
The collaborative project builds upon a MoU between ABS and MMPL focused on additive manufacturing (AM) - or 3D printing - for critical maritime components.