Manager's Guide to Additive Manufacturing in the Oil and Gas Sector
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After a few years of evaluating and studying additive manufacturing applications, the oil and gas industry is now readying for full industrialization and implementation. After a challenging period due to dropping prices, the oil and gas sector is now ready to invest again. Additive manufacturing can provide some of the best value propositions for part production in the upstream, midstream and downstream segments, as well as energy generation.
Learning from experiences in rapid prototyping and tooling within other industries, such as the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors, many oil and gas operators and suppliers are now looking to use additive manufacturing in order to gain a key competitive edge in the production of advanced and complex final parts. The key next phase is going to be the development of clear guidelines and standards – and identify the ideal technologies and materials – for the full industrialization of additive manufacturing into the oil and gas manufacturing workflow.
Due to its great engineering challenges, its massive global scale and part size requirements, the oil and gas industry is slated to become the next great additive manufacturing adoption segment over the next decade. SmarTech has identified oil and gas industry part an services suppliers as the primary customers investigating this market and developed this Manager’s Guide to help facilitate the journey.
This Manager’s Guide Will Include:
- The guidelines for process an part requirements for additively manufactured oil and gas parts
- An overview of the hardware technologies that are ideally suited for oil and gas part production.
- An in-depth discussion on the various applications within the different segments of the oil and gas supply chain: upstream, midstream and downstream.
- A critical analysis of the advantages from implementing additive manufacturing in rapid and multiple iteration prototyping, tooling (including jigs and fixtures) and direct part production
- A detailed analysis of the types of parts that can be produced with additive manufacturing in oil and gas.
- A discussion of the key materials (including primarily metals but also polymers, ceramics and composites) that can be used in additive manufacturing of parts for oil and gas applications.
This report is directed toward the end user market, the companies who are active users of additive manufacturing or considering its adoption. While suppliers of additive manufacturing may find the report useful this study differs from our related study, The Market for Additive Manufacturing in the Oil and Gas Sector 2018-2029 which provides broader analysis and forecasting of the addressable market for the supply chain.