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The Market for Additive Manufacturing in the Oil and Gas Sector 2018-2029


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Published on May 29, 2019 SKU SMP-AM-OG-0519 Categories , Tags ,

Additive manufacturing (AM) in the oil and gas industry could have an impact unparalleled by any other industrial sectors based on complex engineering. However, only until very recently have the capabilities of additive manufacturing systems evolved to meet the oil and industry’s stringent demands in terms of reliability, productivity and size capabilities. This report builds on SmarTech Analysis ongoing research into the oil and gas sector to accurately quantify the revenue opportunity and assesses the levels AM adoption in this field, based on AM hardware, materials services and parts produced through 2029. These include short- medium- and long terms opportunities for the upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas industry segments.

This report covers the established areas of AM in oil and gas focusing primarily on current adoption of metal AM technologies such as metal powder bed fusion (PBF) and directed energy deposition (DED) including Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) processes. These technologies are analyzed in depth, along with material demand for all supported metal alloys (today and in the future) and part production capabilities with a particular focus on the more short-term opportunity presented by on-demand spare parts.

Based on SmarTech Analysis’ unique and profound understanding of available AM technologies, materials and applications, the report then goes on to assess the overall oil and gas AM opportunity, including upcoming metal, polymer, composite and ceramic AM processes and materials that are going to gain wider adoption in the oil and gas industry during the 10-year forecast period examined. These include leading polymer technologies for prototyping, modeling, casting and final parts, as well as high-throughput metal AM technologies such as new bound metal/binder jetting and supersonic acceleration/cold blown powder processes.

We also profile some of the leading oil and gas AM service providers, highlighting unique trends in the oil and gas market that see specialized and trusted tier 1 and tier 2 (and tier 3) suppliers (including some AM service providers) become the primary adopters of AM to provide services to the largest oil companies. Within this scenario, SmarTech Analysis expects widespread AM adoption in the oil and gas industry to be driven by hardware sales rather than by AM service providers as in other industrial segments.

For each AM segment (hardware, materials, parts and services), the ten-year forecasts contained in this report further break out the market by specific hardware technology, material type and support (metal and polymer powders, polymer and composite filaments and pellets, photopolymer resins and metal wire), part types (prototypes, tools, replacement parts and mass produced final parts) and service type (tier 1, tier 2 suppliers). Both revenue ($ Millions) and volume (units or kilograms/tonnes shipped) are considered in the forecasts.