Protolabs has achieved DNV certification for 3D printed Inconel parts for the oil and gas industry.
The digital manufacturer worked closely with DNV to achieve ‘Qualification of Manufacturer’ certification.
Protolabs is among the first manufacturers in the EMEA region to achieve the certification, and the first certified manufacturer using powder bed fusion technology in its additive process, which gives high resolution and geometrical accuracy.
The certification applies to Protolabs’ direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) technology, specifically for the superalloy Inconel 718 – a high-strength, corrosion-resistant nickel chromium. Combining the exceptional properties of the material with Protolabs’ expertise in DMLS means the company can rapidly produce complex geometries for parts which are exposed to the harsh environments typical of the sector
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