Aidro achieves DNV certification for Additive Manufacturing with both PBF-LB and BJT

April 14, 2023

April 14, 2023

Aidro additively manufactured these hydraulic valves and coupons on the Desktop Metal Shop System (Courtesy Business Wire/Aidro)
Aidro additively manufactured these hydraulic valves and coupons on the Desktop Metal Shop System (Courtesy Business Wire/Aidro)

Aidro srl, a subsidiary of Desktop Metal, based in Taino, Italy, has received what it has reported to be the first ever global AM manufacturer certification from DNV, a risk management and quality assurance society for the oil & gas and maritime industries, for two metal Additive Manufacturing technologies. DNV awarded DNV-SE-0568 and DNV-ST-B203 to Aidro’s Taino facility.

The certifications follow a rigorous review process by DNV, including an audit of Aidro’s facility, metal AM processes qualification, as well as qualification of parts produced by Aidro through Additive Manufacturing methods, including mechanical, microstructural, and macrostructural tests. To achieve AMC 3 level certification for Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB), DNV qualified a specific 316L part produced by Aidro for a customer, as well as a 17-4PH part for Binder Jetting AMC 1 level certification.

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“Our team is incredibly proud to receive this global certification for Binder Jettinf and laser powder bed fusion,” stated Valeria Tirelli, president and CEO of Aidro. “The rigorous process used by DNV will enhance industry confidence in these Additive Manufacturing methods and continue to support the transition of the demanding energy, oil & gas, and maritime industries toward Additive Manufacturing 2.0. Customers taking the leap into the AM 2.0 future are already realising incredible benefits, including performance enhancements, lighter weight parts, distributed on-demand manufacturing and digital inventory that reduces the need for physical stock.”

Desktop Metal Founder and CEO Ric Fulop noted that Aidro’s Binder Jetting certification was enabled by the Desktop Metal Shop System™ AM 17-4PH stainless steel.

“Aidro’s Binder Jetting certification showcases the great performance and reliability of the Shop System, and its ability to serve the most demanding industries such as the oil & gas industry,” Fulop added. “We congratulate all of our Team DM employees at both Aidro and Desktop Metal who contributed to this achievement.”

DNV said Aidro’s qualification is an important step for the mission-critical industries to move into a new era of digital manufacturing.

“We congratulate Aidro for being the world’s first in the industry to receive DNV’s qualification for Binder Jetting Technology (BJT) at AMC 1 level and AMC 3 level for Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion technology (PBF-LB). We look forward to continuing close cooperation with Aidro to drive the digitalisation shift in manufacturing and providing them and their customers with assurance and confidence in AM products as their use grows across the energy spectrum,” stated Dr Sastry Kandukuri, Global Practice Lead on Additive Manufacturing at DNV’s Technology Centre in Oslo, Norway.

“Due to the significant impact Additive Manufacturing will have on the future energy value chain, we emphasise the importance of producing components that meet industry standards. The DNV facility qualification certificate serves as a crucial quality indicator, confirming that a manufacturer and their facility have met the necessary standards for producing critical components for energy applications. The highly productive collaboration between DNV and Aidro has played a significant role in Aidro’s commitment to excellence in this field, and DNV is proud to have been a part of it,” added Kandukuri.

Aidro has been working to drive the adoption of Additive Manufacturing in the energy sector. Aidro’s work with DNV began in 2018, when Aidro contributed to the drafting of the guidelines that became the basis of the DNV-ST-B203 standard. Aidro also has collaborated with the American Petroleum Institute and AM Energy to develop standards and promote the use of AM in the energy industry.

“As the chairman of the AM Energy network and as the AM Lead in Equinor, an international energy company and one of the end users in the AM ecosystem, I congratulate Aidro for their great achievement of becoming one of the first suppliers certified as an AM factory in the Energy Industry,” concluded Brede Laerum. “Digital inventories together with on-demand manufacturing of spare parts will transform the supply chain and ensure that we can home source production of parts so we can become more cost efficient, sustainable, improve supply resilience and promote local value creation.”

Read more about Aidro in Metal AM’s exclusive report:

Metal AM in hydraulics: Aidro’s Valeria Tirelli on opportunities, applications, and joining Desktop Metal

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