3D Metalforge facility receives American Bureau of Shipping certification for Additive Manufacturing

September 16, 2022

3D Metalforge Ltd., headquartered in Singapore, has announced that its manufacturing facility in Houston, Texas, has received what is reported to be the first certification by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for the Additive Manufacturing of metal parts. The certification comes after a process of site inspection, test sample Additive Manufacturing and examination of the company’s processes and procedures.

This builds on the successful certification of 3D Metalforge parts by ABS which were installed on ConocoPhillips Polar Tanker Endeavour. These parts were later removed for testing and shown to be performing well and the on-going collaboration with ABS on the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore’s Joint Industry Program (JIP) 2 program.

“This is a very important step for the company, and fully establishes our Houston facility as one of the leading Additive Manufacturing facilities in the USA. We are extremely pleased to have worked with ABS to achieve this certification after many years of collaboration,” stated Matthew Waterhouse, CEO, 3D Metalforge.

This certification is part of 3D Metalforge’s growth strategy of focusing on oil & gas and maritime sectors and building a strong foundation of quality systems, assurance and quality part production. It also builds on 3D Metalforge’s Singapore manufacturing facility already being ISO certified by Lloyd’s Register (LR).

The benefits of this facility and process approval are hoped to include increasing the range of customers and parts 3DMF can work with to include those that require parts to be ‘class approved’ before installation. The certification also demonstrates the 3DMF Houston facility is considered capable to manufacture AM parts as outlined in the process/product approval in accordance with ABS Rules for Materials and Welding Part 2 (2022) and ABS Guide for Additive Manufacturing (2021).


Metal AM magazine Summer 2022

In the latest issue of Metal AM magazine

Download PDF

Extensive AM industry news coverage, as well as the following exclusive deep-dive articles:

  • Transforming access to medical implants with PrinterPrezz
  • Lessons from 2021’s Olympic bike crash
  • Xerox liquid metal AM
  • Additive Manufacturing for oil, gas and maritime
  • Multi-material metal parts by Powder Bed Fusion
  • Findings from Wohlers Report 2022
  • The challenge of grain size: X-ray powder diffraction analysis of parts made by metal AM

The world of metal AM to your inbox

Don't miss any new issue of Metal AM magazine, and get the latest industry news. Sign up to our twice weekly newsletter.

Sign up

News from the industry…

    News from the industry…

    Discover our magazine archive…

    The free to access Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of metal Additive Manufacturing from a commercial and technological perspective through:

    • Reports on visits to leading metal AM part manufacturers and industry suppliers
    • Articles on technology and application trends
    • Information on materials developments
    • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
    • International industry news

    All past issues are available to download as free PDFs or view in your browser.

    Browse the archive


    Looking for AM machines, metal powders or part manufacturing services?

    Discover suppliers of these and more in our comprehensive advertisers’ index and buyer’s guide, available in the back of Metal AM magazine.

    • AM machines
    • Process monitoring & calibration
    • Heat treatment & sintering
    • HIP systems & services
    • Pre- & post-processing technology
    • Powders, powder production and analysis
    • Part manufacturers
    • Consulting, training & market data
    Download PDF
    Share via
    Copy link
    Powered by Social Snap