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Additive manufacturing for the oil & gas and maritime industry

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Harsharn Tathgar Harsharn Tathgar
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3D print - joint industry project on 'Manufacturing for the oil & gas and maritime industry'

Challenge 

The oil & gas and maritime industry are looking to adopt additive manufacturing. This can lead to significant cost and time savings and geometry optimization. Important prerequisites are processes and material qualification programs ensuring quality in the most cost-effective way possible.

Solution

This joint industry project aims to define clear requirements for parts manufactured by additive manufacturing. DNV GL joins forces with key stakeholders to develop project guidelines enabling the safe introduction of additive manufacturing to the oil & gas and maritime industry. A key deliverable will be a project guideline that can subsequently become a DNV GL recommended practice. Participating companies include Statoil, BP, TechnipFMC, Rolls Royce, ArcelorMittal, University of Strathclyde, Voestalpine, SLM Solutions, Ivaldi, HIPTec and Berenchot.

DNV GL has already developed a class guideline for AM components on DNV GL classed ships. DNV GL will also incorporate learnings from our broad involvement with additive manufacturing worldwide.

Benefits

Additive manufacturing can open vast opportunities for customized parts, spare part philosophies, repairing possibilities, and new supply chain setups. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a potential game changer enabling novel design, materials, and complex parts not seen before in oil & gas and maritime sectors. The benefits of additive manufacturing are significant lead-time reduction, weight reduction, part-count reduction, attaining high levels of geometric complexity, lower waste, and lower carbon foot print.

Value

The guideline will be an enabler for the introduction of components made by additive manufacturing for oil & gas, maritime and related applications. This can add value in a large number of areas yet to be quantified. This is a key driver for operators and suppliers at all levels exploring the technology.