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Wilhelmsen and Ivaldi Group partnering to produce 3D printed parts

Peter Stewart, PortandTerminal.com, February 6, 2019

Singapore – The Ivaldi Group and Wilhelmsen, have launched a 3D printing service. Ivaldi will provide Wilhelmsen with on-demand spare part production for ships and other maritime equipment, potentially servicing upwards of 100 vessels per day.

The Ivaldi Group – “Ship files, not parts

The Ivaldi Group offers Parts Replacement as a Service (PRaaS). The company was founded in California in November 2016.

Here’s an example of how they work (taken from Ivaldi’s website):

In the traditional inventory-based model, an “unobtainable” broken clip on a $1,500 welding mask results in buying a completely new unit. With Ivaldi’s PRaaS solution, customers can order a 3D printed plastic clip, printed on-demand from one of our production centres located in the nearest port. As a result, the customer gets a 10¢ plastic clip delivered within 24 hours, versus having to buy an entirely new $1,500 mask that might take 3 to 4 weeks to be delivered.

By specializing in a maritime 3D printing service in partnership with Wilhelmsen, Ivaldi has positioned itself to become one of the front-runners in 3D printing in the space.


Wilhelmsen car carrier ship with cars parked in front, waiting to be loaded on-board

Wilhelmsen employs more than 21,000 people and has operations in 75 countries. The company is Norway’s largest shipping company. It specialises in roll-on roll-off (RO-RO) cargo, especially for large project and awkward cargoes like train coaches, small aircraft and large industrial machinery. The group controls 160 car and RO-RO carriers and is the third carrier in tonnage of this type of cargo in the world.

Here’s what Thomas Wilhelmsen, Group CEO of the company had to say about 3D printing with the Ivaldi Group.

We are one of the largest suppliers of spare parts, and we believe that sending files and printing instructions digitally instead of spare parts can enable us to deliver faster, cheaper and more specialised products to our customers.”

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