Underwater 3D printing is under study at Kongsberg Ferrotech »3dpbm
Kongsberg Ferrotech finalized the development of a revolutionary technology “Subsea Additive Manufacturing for Lifetime Extension”. This underwater 3D printing research and development project will be carried out with SINTEF and other major industry players and supported by the Research Council of Norway.
The project will enable in-situ repairs of subsea components such as flow lines and conductors, using additive manufacturing techniques, significantly extending asset life. Extending the service life is of great importance for sustainable development and the optimal use of resources, both in Norway and globally. The successful development and implementation of the project will be a game-changer for the maintenance and repair of subsea components.
For Kongsberg Ferrotech, this development represents another important step towards ‘bringing the workshop to the damaged pipe’ – whether it is a conductive pipe in the splash zone or a pipeline lying on the bottom. sailor – and will open up a world of opportunities in the world markets.
The Norwegian company specializes in underwater robotics. Its Oktapous, Nautilus and Exoskeleton are autonomous robots for the inspection, repair and maintenance (MRI) of submarine assets. These robots can perform maintenance of underwater equipment in a single operation and without divers, and other conventional equipment. They represent revolutionary technology that can revolutionize the way service operations are conducted in the future and underwater 3D printing is a natural evolution of their capabilities.
Robots and the technology behind them, for the first time, will introduce robotics as a complete solution for service operations. By introducing robotics in the inspection, repair and maintenance of submarine assets; repairs can be made with minimum HSE requirements, costs can be significantly reduced, weather conditions are no longer a difficult obstacle, and repair procedures can be carried out immediately after inspection. The robots can operate without stopping production.