The new centre, supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), will focus on developing competence including qualification, certification and training for additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing.

In addition, the facility is expected to enhance Singapore’s vision to be positioned as a world leader in this technology and be recognized as an integrated global additive manufacturing hub. 

"This CoE will join a growing ecosystem of advanced manufacturing technology providers in Singapore, attracted by our vibrant and diversified manufacturing sector. We welcome this investment from DNV GL and look forward to our continued partnership,” said Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director of Singapore EDB. 

DNV GL said it will invest in competence development and will be working with local research institutes and industry partners through joint collaborations to advance the use of AM. 

DNV GL has been investigating the opportunities and challenges posed by AM in the O&M sector since 2014. In November last year, it published the first guideline for the use of AM in the maritime and oil & gas industries, creating a clear pathway and systematic processes to assess every parameter that will impact upon the final products – from the raw material used, technology maturity, manufacturing procedure, data transfer, to the actual printing and post processing.