Aurora Labs (A3D), Bibra Lake, Australia, has has entered into a Framework Agreement with DNV GL, a global quality assurance and risk management company headquartered in Oslo, Norway. As part of the agreement, DNV GL will provide certification services for A3D’s metal Additive Manufacturing machines.
According to A3D, the companies will work towards developing processes in which parts or objects which are additively manufactured by A3D can be independently qualified or certified using the external qualification or certification services provided by DNV GL.
“The use of an independent certification process for parts manufactured by our printers will strengthen the competitive position of our technology in parts manufacturing markets,” stated David Budge, Managing Director of Aurora Labs. “Certification gives confidence to original equipment manufacturers and consumers of parts that our printing technology is able to meet the high industry standards of performance, quality, and reliability.”
Budge added, “We are very excited about the opportunity to work with DNV GL, being major players in the certification, ship registry and 3D printing certification space. Their certification services will help to fast track the adoption of A3D’s technology in our core industries and beyond.”
The Framework Agreement reportedly sets out a general scope of certification and audit services that may be provided by DNV GL to A3D, and the terms and conditions of delivery of these services. A3D announced in December 2017, that it had signed a non-binding term sheet with DNV GL for the creation of an independent certification process. The companies state that they will explore opportunities with current and potential partners to utilise DNV GL’s certification procedures.
Brice Le Gallo, Regional Manager for South East Asia & Australia, DNV GL – Oil & Gas, commented, “3D printing has the potential to save the industrial sector cost and time worth billions of dollars and increase the sustainability of supply chains. While it is currently in its infancy, the efficiency gains of shorter lead times for sourcing parts, and reduced need for storing stock, as well as the new design opportunities provide a convincing argument that demand will develop rapidly.”
“Issues of trust are key to 3D printing gaining acceptance. I’m delighted that DNV GL will be partnering with A3D to implement systematic qualification and certification processes that provide industrial supply chains with assurance that A3D’s metal printers meet high standards of quality and integrity,” Le Gallo continued.