Additive manufacturing for maritime spare parts supply: An overview

Jilin Ye

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    Additive Manufacturing (AM), also called 3D Printing (3DP) is not a new technology. The technology was invented over 30 years ago. Originally thought of as simply an application for rapid prototyping, it has developed significantly and is now a viable option for many applications including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, construction and consumer products. This paper offers a brief introduction to the history of AM/3DP and an overview of the current state of the art in AM/3DP technologies focusing on their fundamental processes, typical materials, significant benefits, key applications and critical challenges to implementation. Finally a description of the potential benefits to the maritime industry that can be gained by implementation of AM/3DP technologies is presented. The most immediate is the possibility of more efficient logistics, for example the maritime spare parts supply
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2016 International Conference on Maritime Policy, Technology and Education, 25-27 May 2016, Shanghai, China.
    Number of pages15
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016


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