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Challenges in Realizing the Full Potential of Additive Manufacturing in the Oil and Gas Industry

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

Additive Manufacturing, commonly known as 3D Printing, is a new manufacturing technique where material is added and a part is “printed” layer by layer. This makes additive manufacturing a method of choice for highly complex customized components. Additive Manufacturing has seen considerable growth in the Oil and Gas industry in last few years. Apart from being able to solve challenges faced by Oil and Gas Industry through complex designs, the biggest value added of additive manufacturing is the ability to manufacture obsolete parts at a reasonable cost and within a short time, as there is a lot of very old equipment still in operation.

The utopian goal of manufacturing parts cheaply and efficiently at or near the point of use is still quite a long way away. Some of the problems that need to be solved include: lack of machine robustness, long qualification times, post processing time and resources required, technical and legal issues with reverse engineering, lack of International Standards, inability to change the metal powders quickly in a machine, and design for additive. Some of these problems are in the domain of the Oil and Gas companies, whereas there are some that are beyond them.

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