The companies Thyssenkrupp and Wilhelmsen presented a joint project at the NAMIC Global Additive Manufacturing Summit 2023 conference. Pelagus 3D is a platform that aims to harness 3D printing for the procurement of spare parts in the maritime industry.
According to the initiators, Pelagus 3D aims to solve the long-standing challenge of spare parts logistics at sea. The platform will enable ships and rigs worldwide to produce digitally stored spare parts quickly and easily when needed.
By combining Thyssenkrupp’s technological know-how and Wilhelmsen’s maritime network, the aim is to enable a kind of “on-demand manufacturing” for more than 3,000 ships and oil rigs. Pelagus 3D will be open to fleet managers, shipyards and other players.
According to the initiators, the platform can significantly increase efficiency and sustainability in the maritime industry through the concrete application of 3D printing solutions. It could set a new standard for procurement and maintenance. Market entry will take place via Singapore as the central location.