Robotica & Mechatronica

RAMLAB: Metal parts on demand

RAMLAB is the acronym for ‘Rotterdam Additive Manufacturing Lab’. Here research is carried out into large-scale 3D printing of metals for the port-related industry. At present, RAMLAB is producing the first certified propeller, which will soon be fitted to a ship in DAMEN Shipyards. RAMLAB has created a buzz in the industry with this innovation, since this has never been done before.

“This will enable us to create a world in which less stock is required and in which metals can be printed with a 3D printer ‘on demand’. This is the vision for the future,” according to Vincent Wegener of RAMLAB.

 

Port-related industry

‘Rotterdam Additive Manufacturing LAB’ (RAMLAB) is the first 3D printing field lab that focuses on the port-related industry. With the use of 3D metal printers (also referred to as ‘additive manufacturing’), replacement parts for ships can be manufactured within a few days. At present this takes months. The RAMLAB, situated at RDM Rotterdam, is the initiative or the Port Authority of Rotterdam, InnovationQuarter and RDM Makerspace.

For more information, visit www.ramlab.com.