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Singapore MPA signs 3D printing agreements

(l-r, front row) Lim Siang Yong, 3D MetalForge; Ong Kim Pong, PSA; Dr Ho Chaw Sing, NAMIC; and Andrew Tan, MPA (l-r, front row) Lim Siang Yong, 3D MetalForge; Ong Kim Pong, PSA; Dr Ho Chaw Sing, NAMIC; and Andrew Tan, MPA

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has announced two new agreements to bring 3D printing capabilities to the port, having signed MoUs covering the creation of an additive manufacturing production facility for port applications, and the launch of a Joint Industry Programme (JIP) for additive manufacturing of marine parts.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The first of the respective MoUs was signed with PSA, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) and 3D MetalForge. The second, covering the JIP, was agreed with NAMIC and the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA)

The rapid production facility for additive manufacturing (AM), more commonly known as 3D printing, will be strategically located at Pasir Panjang Terminal, where PSA is testing port technologies for current and future terminals. It will feature printers capable of producing AM parts for port equipment, using a specialised maritime digital Cloud supported by blockchain technology for secure file transfers.

MPA says that the facility’s location will also leverage PSA’s parts supplier base to support just-in-time inventory, which should help to lower storage costs while shortening turnaround time due to improved availability of spare parts.

“In close collaboration with EDB, we have learnt that the era of Additive Manufacturing is showing pervasive importance in industry transformation. Within our maritime sector, we foresee widespread adoption within the immediate horizon,” said Ong Kim Pong, regional CEO Southeast Asia of PSA International.

“I am heartened that PSA, alongside MPA, NAMIC and 3D MetalForge can be pioneers in developing this technology for use in our industry. Co-creating new innovations including digitising inventories will create opportunities to raise maritime productivity to the next level.”

The JIP meanwhile is focused on establishing the commercial viability, technical feasibility and regulatory compliance need to use AM for marine parts, and aims to bring together an ecosystem of partners from across the value chain to offer potential test cases for deploying AM in maritime.

“As a leading maritime hub, Singapore firmly believes that the maritime industry should embrace new technologies such as additive manufacturing. The digitalisation of the maritime sector in all its aspects is not a matter of how but when,” said Andrew Tan, MPA chief executive.{/mprestriction}

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