3D printing for offshore applications

Event date: Thursday 10 February – 1:55 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: ONLINE

3D printing has gained a lot of momentum over the past decades. Companies increasingly rely on 3D printing for a wide variety of purposes. The possibilities of the technique are vast: customised dental work, a beautiful vase, spare parts … With a 3D printer, you build the object of your choice, layer by layer, in the material of your choice. There are also many possibilities at sea.

3D-printing voor offshore toepassingen

On Thursday, February 10, from 13:55 to 16:00, De Blauwe Cluster, SIM and Flam3D are organising an information session on 3D printing in an offshore environment. During this event, we will discuss the current state-of-the-art of the technology, possible applications in an offshore environment and useful applications or new opportunities for both the manufacturing industry and the blue economy.


The event features a number of fascinating presentations by BESIX, Guaranteed, VUB and Flam3D. Participants will have ample opportunity to ask questions and engage in dialogue. There will be a round-table and break-out sessions.

14:05Introduction to 3D printing
Kris Binon, FLAM3D
14:303D2BGREEN: Sustainable concrete mixtures for the 3D printing of breakwater units
Patrick Peynsaert, BESIX

3D printing allows more complex and optimised forms, specially tailored to local wave patterns and sea currents. Finding a suitable concrete mix is one of the biggest challenges to achieve a commercially viable solution for 3D printing. Under the wings of SIM Flanders (Strategic Initiative Materials) and VLAIO, Ghent University, ResourceFull, Witteveen+Bos and BESIX are working together to develop sustainable concrete mixtures for 3D printing concrete breakwater elements.
14:45XXL metal wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) opportunities for the maritime industry
Joachim Antonissen, Guaranteed

As compared to conventional just-in case warehousing, large size metal wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) enables companies in the maritime industry to optimise spare part management and to avoid obsolescence by producing on-demand and just-in time, while simultaneously contributing to a more sustainable future by reducing the spare part footprint.
Combining Metal 3D Printing, Embedded Sensors and Monitoring into State-of-the-Art Predictive Maintenance Solutions for the Maritime Industry
Dieter De Baere & Jan Helsen, VUB

Naval Group and Central Nantes printed the world’s first hollow propellor blade, achieving weight gains of over 40 percent. During this session, we discover how we could extend such applications with embedded sensors and monitoring techniques to achieve state-of-the-art predictive maintenance solutions for the maritime industry.
15:25Financing innovation projects
Lien Loosvelt, De Blauwe Cluster
Room 1: Large-scale metal printing
Room 2: Concrete & building
Room 3: Combinations, embedded sensors and predictive maintenance
Room 4: 3D printing in general (incl. plastics)


Location: ONLINE

Participation is free for members of De Blauwe Cluster, SIM and Flam3D. Other interested parties pay € 90.

Are you interested? You can register via this page.