Port of Rotterdam and Autodesk Develop 3D-Printed Ship Propeller

Published by , April 28, 2017 11:11 am

(ShipTechnology) The Port of Rotterdam’s Additive Manufacturing Fieldlab (RAMLAB) has successfully developed its first 3D-printed ship component in the form of a propeller. Additive Manufacturing Fieldlab managing director Vincent Wegener said, “Our aim is to make the Port of Rotterdam not just an important gateway for Europe, but also a leader in the development of new manufacturing methods.”
The propeller was developed in collaboration with Autodesk under a pilot project, and was produced using a hybrid manufacturing process combining wire and arc additive manufacturing. Industrial robotic arms and subtractive machining, as well as grinding techniques, were also used to develop the component.