Prototypes for shipbuilding and offshore applications
Certified production of parts for the shipping industry
The larger the parts and the more complex the material requirements, the smaller becomes the selection of competent prototype producers. In shipbuilding in particular, many companies are thus often forced to seek out series foundries – including all the compromises that this entails. If you go 'all in' with ACTech you save yourself this added detour: We take on the production of large, heavy castings for maritime applications and also have the necessary certifications for producing parts for the marine industry.
In terms of dimensions and weight, prototypes for shipbuilding are often more demanding than standard prototypes.
Components for use at sea must comply with special material requirements and e.g. be made of seawater-resistant alloys.
To guarantee safety and quality, foundries must have specific certifications for work in the shipbuilding and offshore sectors.
At ACTech, we laid the foundation years ago for the production of components with demanding dimensions. We thus have both the requisite know-how and the necessary technology: Larger 3D printers, expanded casting capacities and steadily expanding machining facilities – we can cast, machine and move large and/or heavy castings. In addition, our materials portfolio also includes seawater-resistant alloys tested and approved for shipbuilding applications. Last but not least, we are certified as a marine component manufacturer and have experience gained from more than 230,000 metal prototypes – many of which were produced by us for maritime applications.
We are your expert when it comes to castings for shipbuilding, and we can prove it: We are certified as an 'Approved Manufacturer for Iron Castings in the Shipbuilding and Offshore Sectors' issued by the internationally recognized classification society DNV, a leading partner of the shipbuilding industry.
Is ACTech certified for shipbuilding and offshore?
Since 2018, ACTech has held a factory authorization from the internationally recognized classification society DNV, a leading partner of the shipbuilding industry, to produce parts for the shipbuilding and offshore industries. Link: certification
What are typical applications for prototypes in the maritime sector?
Developments in the maritime sector are diverse. Due to the sometimes extreme sizes of the parts, only certain components are developed with the support of prototyping. Outboard and inboard engines for small to mid-sized boats are in no way inferior to the highly advanced engines of the automotive industry. For larger sea vehicles, the development of new components tends to occur in the peripheral area of the drives. Turbochargers, pumps and compressors play an important role here in implementing alternative fuels, and thus a reduction of emissions. In some areas of maritime applications, e.g. yachts, customers order minimal batches or even one-off units as seawater-resistant components.