Metal Additive Manufacturing machine producer Aurora Labs, Bibra Lake, Australia, has reportedly formed a non-binding agreement with Norwegian certification group DNV GL to produce metal AM parts on Aurora machines which can be independently certified for oil and gas, renewables and marine industry applications.
In a report by Offshore Engineer, Aurora Labs stated that, as AM parts cannot be used in these areas without certification, it expects independent certification of its AM parts to accelerate the adoption of its metal AM system, the S-Titanium Pro, in these target markets.
Brice Le Gallo, Regional Manager for SEA & Australia, DNV GL – Oil & Gas, stated, “While Additive Manufacturing is raising more and more interest in various industries, the adoption level in the oil and gas and maritime industries is still slow due to challenges in qualification and certification.”
According to Offshore Engineer’s report, the two companies will collaborate to create a process whereby parts additively manufactured on Aurora machines can be independently certified by DNV GL, and whereby the end to end certification process, including the use of Aurora’s management software, allows for parts to be certified whilst being printed and then independently verified by DNV GL.
David Budge, Managing Director and Interim Chairman of Aurora Labs, stated, “DNV GL will support us in helping establish certification covering the whole value chain, from powders to parts, certifying the technical performance of our technology, and independently endorsing our processes and products.The independent certification will provide us with enhanced credibility when speaking to potential customers and will be a big step forward in recognition of the technology we have developed.”
The S-Titanium Pro offers three modes – Selective Laser Melting, Selective Laser Sintering and Direct Energy Deposition – and includes specific parameters developed for manufacturing products with titanium. The complete range of materials which can be manufactured using the machine includes Stainless Steel 316, Stainless Steel 420, Inconel 625, Inconel 718, Hastelloy C-276, NiBSi, WC, Iron, Titanium – GRADE 5 and CP, Bronze, Brass, Gold, Silver, Aluminium AlSi7Mg, Aluminium AlSi10Mg, Maraging Steel.