3D printing for offshore applications

Event date: 
Thursday 10 February - 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: 
Circular Materials Center, Etienne Sabbelaan 49, 8500 Kortrijk

3D printing has gained a lot of momentum over the past decades. Companies increasingly rely on 3D printing for a wide variety of purposes. The possibilities of the technique are vast: customised dental work, a beautiful vase, spare parts ... With a 3D printer, you build the object of your choice, layer by layer, in the material of your choice. There are also many possibilities at sea.

On Thursday, February 10, from 13:30 to 18:00, De Blauwe Cluster, SIM and Flam3D are organising an information session on 3D printing in an offshore environment. During this event, we will discuss the current state-of-the-art of the technology, possible applications in an offshore environment and useful applications or new opportunities for both the manufacturing industry and the blue economy.

Program

The event features a number of fascinating presentations by BESIX, Ocas, VUB and Flam3D. Participants will have ample opportunity to ask questions and engage in dialogue. At the end there will also be a networking moment with matchmaking.

 

13:30   Registration with coffee
14:00  

Introduction to 3D printing with Q&A

Kris Binon, Flam3D

14:45  

3D2BGrEEN: Sustainable concrete mixtures for the 3D printing of breakwater units

Patrick Peynsaert, BESIX

3D printing allows more complex and optimised forms, specially tailored to local wave patterns and sea currents. Finding a suitable concrete mix is one of the biggest challenges to achieve a commercially viable solution for 3D printing. Under the wings of SIM Flanders (Strategic Initiative Materials) and VLAIO, Ghent University, ResourceFull, Witteveen+Bos and BESIX are working together to develop sustainable concrete mixtures for 3D printing concrete breakwater elements.3D printing allows more complex and optimised forms, specially tailored to local wave patterns and sea currents. Finding a suitable concrete mix is one of the biggest challenges to achieve a commercially viable solution for 3D printing. Under the wings of SIM Flanders (Strategic Initiative Materials) and VLAIO, Ghent University, ResourceFull, Witteveen+Bos and BESIX are working together to develop sustainable concrete mixtures for 3D printing concrete breakwater elements.

15:00  

XXL metal wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) opportunities for the maritime industry

Joachim Antonissen, Guaranteed

As compared to conventional just-in case warehousing, large size metal wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) enables companies in the maritime industry to optimise spare part management and to avoid obsolescence by producing on-demand and just-in time, while simultaneously contributing to a more sustainable future by reducing the spare part footprint.

15:15  

Combining Metal 3D Printing, Embedded Sensors and Monitoring into State-of-the-Art Predictive Maintenance Solutions for the Maritime Industry

Dieter De Baere & Jan Helsen, VUB

Naval Group and Central Nantes printed the world’s first hollow propellor blade, achieving weight gains of over 40 percent. During this session, we discover how we could extend such applications with embedded sensors and monitoring techniques to achieve state-of-the-art predictive maintenance solutions for the maritime industry.

15:30   Break
15:50  

Financing innovation projects

Lien Loosvelt, De Blauwe Cluster

16:00   Networking moment with matchmaking
18:00   End

 

Practical

Participation is free for members of De Blauwe Cluster, SIM and Flam3D. Other interested parties pay € 150. The number of participants is limited to 35. Any extra registrations will be put on a waiting list.

Are you interested? You can register via this page.