The biggest oilfield service companies in the world are using 3D printers to make metal components for a growing number of tools and equipment.
This is a significant development. It shows how far the needle has moved since these companies first embraced 3D printing more than a decade ago for the rapid prototyping of plastic models. Though the early work is being done on a small scale it gives us the first look at the future of manufacturing in this industry.
“Like any technology that evolves quite rapidly, it has tremendous potential,” said Rustom Mody, the vice president of technical excellence at Baker Hughes. “It not only reduces the cost, it accelerates the innovation process, and at the same time it gives you more functionality.”
The ability to deliver that trifecta—cheaper, quicker, better—has made the trillion-dollar oil and gas industry the fastest growing user of 3D printing according to some market analysts....
3D Printing in the Oil Field Kicks Into Production Mode
Trent Jacobs, JPT Senior Technology Writer
31 July 2016