Shipping replacement parts in any heavy industry, and specifically in maritime is expensive.
Current supply chains are heavily burdened by centralized production, storage and transportation costs. Removing these costs lowers the cost of goods sold, by over 50%.
It is also time consuming.
Replacing parts is a cumbersome, complex and expensive process. From order to receipt, end-users can expect to wait anywhere from 3-6 weeks. Parts are shipped around the world everyday. From a manufacturer in China, to a warehouse in the US, to an end-user in Singapore. This process is detrimental to our environment.
Providing localized and on-demand manufacturing of replacement parts in ports makes more sense.
In the current state of the additive manufacturing technology and because every inch of a maritime vessel is necessary for operations, it wouldn’t make sense to onboard a 3D printing shop.