Industrial spare parts should always be available wherever they’re needed, whenever they’re needed. Next to that, they should also meet or exceed the end user’s quality requirements at a competitive price. Additive Manufacturing has the potential to enable the wide-scale availability of on-demand certified metal parts. RAMLAB’s mission is to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing technology by providing its partners with easy access to the entire value chain.

‘RAMLAB is more than 3D printing, it’s about being present.’
– Royal IHC

Ramlab's network

RAMLAB is an initiative of three founding partners: Port of Rotterdam, InnovationQuarter and RDM Makerspace. To achieve its vision of manufacturing certified metal parts on demand through Additive Manufacturing, RAMLAB has built a powerful network of partners that provide hardware, software, and guidance on certification of the AM process. Also, RAMLAB has a growing list of members that share the vision of Additive Manufacturing.

RDM Makerspace

RDM Makerspace is one of the initiators of RAMLAB and operates at the forefront of the digital fabrication revolution. By combining technical and operational know-how with keen business acumen it is the perfect operational partner towards market success.



InnovationQuarter is one of the initiators of RAMLAB. It finances innovative and fast-growing companies, assists international companies in establishing their businesses in the west of the Netherlands, and facilitates (international) collaboration between innovative entrepreneurs, knowledge institutes and the government.


Port of Rotterdam

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is one of the initiators of RAMLAB. The objective of the Port of Rotterdam Authority is to enhance the port’s competitive position as a logistics hub and world-class industrial complex. Not only in terms of size, but also with regard to quality. The core tasks of the Port Authority are to develop, manage and exploit the port in a sustainable way and to render speedy and safe services for shipping.


Air Liquide

Air Liquide is the world leader in gases and provides RAMLAB with welding gas. Air Liquide is a partner of RAMLAB.



Autodesk creates software for people who make things and provides RAMLAB with software to weld AM parts. Autodesk is a partner of RAMLAB



IBM is a global technology and innovation company and provides RAMLAB with analytics and IoT services via IBM’s Bluemix cloud platform. IBM is a partner of RAMLAB.


Lincoln Electric

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in arc welding alloys and provides RAMLAB with various welding alloys. Lincoln Electric is one of RAMLAB’s partners.


Lloyds Register

Lloyd’s Register is an independent risk management organisation providing risk assessment and risk mitigation solutions and management systems certification around the world. Lloyd's Register is setting up the certification process for WAAM together with RAMLAB. Lloyd’s Register is a partner of RAMLAB.


Valk Welding

Valk Welding develops and delivers robotic welding systems, which are intended for flexible production of small to medium-large series. It has provided RAMLAB with two Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing systems. Valk Welding is one of RAMLAB’s partners.



Bolier is a global solutions provider in the field of both MaK propulsion and services. Bolier is a member of RAMLAB.


Heerema Fabrication Group

Heerema Fabrication Group specializes in the engineering and fabrication of large and complex structures for the offshore oil & gas and energy-related industry. Heerema Fabrication Group is one of RAMLAB’s members.


Huisman Equipment

Huisman Equipment is a leading innovator with extensive experience in the design and manufacturing of heavy construction equipment for the world's leading companies in the oil & gas, renewables and leisure markets. Huisman Equipment is one of RAMLAB’s members.



MX3D is a company that researches and develops groundbreaking robotic 3D print technology and aims to 3D print the world's first fully functional steel bridge. MX3D is a member of RAMLAB.



LEMTECH Lucht en Milieu Techniek offers air filtration products and services and provides RAMLAB with state of the art air filtration systems. LEMTECH is a partner of RAMLAB.



VandeGrijp Group is an internationally operating company specialized in the production of steel tubes, piles and tubular constructions. VandeGrijp is member of RAMLAB.


Element Amsterdam is an NEN-EN-ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory that provides a wide range of Materials Testing, Corrosion Testing and Weld Testing. Element is a partner of RAMLAB.



VolkerRail is an experienced railway infrastructure contractor. VolkerRail is a member of RAMLAB.



Allseas is one of the major offshore pipelay and subsea construction companies in the world, operating six specialised vessels, which were designed in-house. Allseas is a member of RAMLAB


Damen Shipyards

Damen operates more than 32 shipyards, repair yards and related companies worldwide. Damen is a member of RAMLAB.


Koninklijke Marine

Koninklijke Marine (Royal Netherlands Navy) is the oldest of the four Services of the Netherlands armed forces and is deployed both at home and abroad for crisis management operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Koninklijke Marine is a member of RAMLAB.

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Promarin is a propeller and marine technology company. Promarin is a member of RAMLAB.


Royal Roos

Royal Roos is a marine and salvage engineering / salvage consultancy company. Royal Roos is member of RAMLAB.



Fokker Technologies is a division of GKN Aerospace. GKN Aerospace is one of the world's largest independent first tier suppliers to the global aviation industry. Fokker is a member of RAMLAB.



Materials innovation institute (M2i) is a network organization specialized in materials research.


University of Twente

University of Twente is academic partner of RAMLAB.


TU Delft

TU Delft is academic partner of RAMLAB.



Berenschot is an independent, Dutch management consulting firm with an international orientation and strong expertise in Additive Manufacturing.



FARO brings ground-breaking 3D measurement solutions to companies throughout the world and provides RAMLAB with crucial insights with their 3D scan technology.


Discover RAMLAB’s Roadmap

towards certified AM metal parts



Industry’s requirements

Extensive market research carried out amongst RAMLAB’s members has clearly identified the immediate advantages: if large metal parts could be manufactured on demand through AM, lead times and inventory costs could be greatly reduced.



Choice of technology – WAAM

At present, Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing, or WAAM, is the most suitable technology for the production of large metal parts. Therefore RAMLAB’s main focus is on WAAM technology. The lab currently has two WAAM systems at its disposal.



Create 3D objects

Together with its partners, RAMLAB develops software that will make it possible to go from CAD to CAM to AM with the push of a button.



Monitor & control – big data

The WAAM process is monitored and controlled with the help of Big Data / IoT solutions provided by our partners.



Certification process

RAMLAB collaborates closely with certification agencies to achieve its vision of manufacturing certified large AM metal parts.



End user qualification

Our partners and members are actively involved in the design, production, testing, certification and qualification of the AM parts manufactured at RAMLAB.


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