Singapore Poly, MolyWorks promote adoption of metal additive manufacturing in maritime industry

Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and MolyWorks Materials Corporation (MolyWorks) have signed a MoU April 5 to accelerate the adoption of metal additive manufacturing (AM) and metal recycling technology for the maritime and offshore industry to digitally transform the supply chain and drive sustainability.

The MoU will see both parties enter collaborative efforts through:

  • Advocating industry best practices in AM of ship components and spare parts for digital inventory and innovations in materials recycling to improve sustainability in the maritime and offshore industry.
  • Developing new metal alloys and AM processes to expand the range of materials suitable for the maritime and offshore industry.
  • Building a shared database for AM data and knowledge.
  • Training the industry workforce to ensure that the professionals in the maritime and offshore sectors are equipped with the right mix of skills, knowledge and competencies to adopt and implement AM.

Both parties would engage more than 30 local maritime and offshore companies to initiate joint industry and R&D projects, and recruit over 10 students to be part of the growing deep tech startup ecosystem in Singapore.

Georgina Phua, Deputy Principal (Development), Singapore Polytechnic, said: “Additive manufacturing is a promising technology that creates opportunities in driving sustainability and transforming sustainable business practices in the maritime and offshore sector. 

“This is an excellent collaboration where Singapore Polytechnic‘s Innovation Centre for Additive Manufacturing will contribute and share its expertise and facilities to accelerate the design maturity and adoption of additive manufacturing in Singapore. 

“We share a common vision with our industry partners to harness the potential of this emerging technology to foster innovation in metal materials development and recycling, and reduce the costs in new materials production and digital inventory management. 

As part of our sustainability education efforts, we are committed to equipping our industry professionals and young learners with the knowledge, competencies and values to apply this technology to make a greater sustainability development impact for the maritime and offshore businesses.”

Phil Ward, Chief Executive Officer, MolyWorks Materials Corporation said: “Molyworks is very pleased to partner with Singapore Polytechnic, jointly applying our expertise to accelerate additive manufacturing capabilities for the maritime industry by enabling the use of green, low carbon, sustainable metal alloys. 

“Our expansion into Singapore brings local production of existing and new alloys, further enhancing the capabilities of the local AM ecosystem for the Maritime sector which has been developed over recent years with the help of MPA, NAMIC, SSA and other stakeholders. We are very much looking forward to enabling the cyclic economy for metals in Singapore.”

Photo credit: iStock/ Marina_Skoropadskaya

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