ExOne Joins Additive Manufacturing Standards Effort

Company joints consortium focused on 3D printing quality standards for oil & gas sector.

The ExOne Company, which provides industrial sand and metal 3D printers using binder jetting technology, announced it is one of 16 companies participating in a consortium led by DNV GL, the global risk management and quality assurance society for the oil & gas and maritime industries.

The consortium was founded in 2018 with the goal of developing an industry-accepted guideline for quality assurance of additively manufacturing parts.

The consortium includes Equinor, Saudi Aramco, Siemens, Kongsberg Maritime, Voestalpine, Guaranteed, IMI CCI, Kongsberg Ferrotech, Addilan, BMT Aerospace, FIT AG, Howco Group, ImphyTek Powders, Intertek, XDM3D and ExOne.

In February, the consortium released a new standard, “Additive manufacturing of metallic parts” ( DNVGL-ST-B203) for the oil & gas sector, which is focused on wire-arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) and laser-based powder bed fusion (PBF-LM). The group is expanding its effort to incorporate more AM technologies, such as binder jetting technology (BJT).

“As manufacturers around the world move to new additive manufacturing technologies, it’s important that they have standards to ensure the quality of their AM parts and products,” said John Hartner, ExOne CEO. “Binder jetting technology already delivers many benefits to the oil & gas and maritime industries, and we’re eager to expand that reach with new quality standards. Our binder jetting technology can help manufacturers 3D print large or small parts in high volumes that bring them broad benefits.”

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