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3D Printing Spare Parts

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:08 am
by Nautilos
3d printing has been already implemented in various sectors. Application in industries with similar to shipping characteristics (automotive, aerospace, etc), reveals the potential of applying it in the shipping industry. The availability of spare parts is important for the vessel maintenance. Additive manufacturing could reduce inventory and shorten the space parts supply chain in the maritime industry, since the part could be made near the place it is needed.

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We are conducting research aiming to explore the potential of 3D Printing Spare Parts for the Maritime Industry. We are trying to get the opinion of people on board a vessel and land office using a questionnaire https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfqj2svmfNmnwqI82iP6mzJEZDcthRF55FvDuHRulZSsum_uw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1 for academic research. We would appreciate if you find the time to participate.

Re: 3D Printing Spare Parts

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:34 am
by JK
A couple of comments after briefly looking at your questionnaire:
Why is the sex of the respondent necessary? Why is the age necessary?
You have left out the shore engineers in your pick list. They are the ones that source equipment.
Class approval is required for any equipment. They just approved a 3D propeller recently.

Good luck on your endeavors. This is a huge innovation in the industry.

Re: 3D Printing Spare Parts

Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:14 am
by Nautilos
Thank you for your comments.
The sex and age questions are included (optionally) for demographic reason. Indeed shore engineers are left out since Land office Technical Department is included. Is Class approval required for any spare? Or that is required for critical parts or the OEM? I would appreciate if you find the time to participate filling up the questionnaire.

Re: 3D Printing Spare Parts

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:38 pm
by 1moley
Concept of the idea of having a few raw materials than can cover various parts is great. I suspect most of us see the benefits of such a device on a vessel but also many limitations both politically and in practice.

One major draw back I see is why would a manufacturer provide drawing to create such parts when they make so much money off selling manufactured parts to companies. Where would they make there money?

Re: 3D Printing Spare Parts

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:22 am
by Nautilos
1moley wrote:One major draw back I see is why would a manufacturer provide drawing to create such parts when they make so much money off selling manufactured parts to companies. Where would they make there money?

I would agree with you that Manufacturers make money by selling spares. They do not want to lose customers, if somebody esle does it. The way spares are distributed must also change, that is they have to be reaching the end user in a digital way.