Maersk Shipping, Putting 3D Printers on Ships for Spare Parts

Danish shipping company Maersk has chosen to adopt 3D printing technology by installing 3D printers on some of their ships to print out spare parts while at sea. The American military has already experimented with this aboard some of their Navy’s ships, helping to combat transport costs. While currently only printing in plastics, specifically ABS Maersk hopes that with technological developments improving sintering technologies they will be able to efficiently print out metal parts on board while at sea in the near future.

Hopefully this will lead to more companies adopting the technology, accelerating research and development as more and more large companies begin to adopt additive manufacturing.