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Huisman installs first 3D printed crane hook on offshore vessel

May 09, 2019 / JACK COLYER

Global heavy equipment manufacturer Huisman, headquartered in the Netherlands, has announced the installation of its first ever 3D printed crane hook. The 36,000 kg hook, designed specifically for use in offshore lifting operations, has been certified by the American Bureau of Shipping. Following certification it was recently installed aboard the the OOS Serooskerke, a semi submersible crane, and is due to be fitted on sister vessel the OOS Walcheren in the near future.
Tipped to be the first 3D printed crane hooks in history, the installations mark an important step forward in the production, and acceptance, of end use 3D printed heavy lifting components in the maritime and offshore industry. Normally, high grade tensile steel crane hooks are manufactured by casting or forging. In this instance the OOS Serooskerke’s hook was made using Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) technology at Huisman’s facility in the Czech Republic.