Global engineering, technical, and business services firm Lloyd's Register (LR), which is wholly owned by UK charity Lloyd's Register Foundation, is focused on bringing about widespread integration of the technology, and just announced a major industry milestone - the very first certification of a 3D printed titanium part for the oil and gas industry. LR did not print the part itself, but in an "industry first," used its existing framework to oversee and certify the entire process, which could offer manufacturers further guidance in using AM processes to certify other components. Safer Plug Company (SPC), based in Surrey, designed the part - a titanium gateway manifold to be used in pipelines - and it was 3D printed in titanium, using powder bed fusion, by AM production company 3T RPD. Read more at