OIL & GAS >
The additive manufacturing is becoming popular in this sector but at the same time Oil&Gas is one of the most restrictive industries due to rises and falls in the price of the product, restrictive environmental norms, among many others.
Optimizing the design of the devices is one way to differentiate from the competitors. The optimization of the devices goes hand in hand with creating more complex equipment that improves the process, this in most cases is only viable if 3D printing is used for the design of the prototypes initially and then for the final parts.
The downtime in this industry is extremely expensive, especially on remote platforms in the middle of the ocean. For this reason, one of the challenges is to reduce the downtime as much as possible. The next three can be some of the main points to achieve this goal:
Manufacture of spare parts: additive manufacturing can reduce dramatically the downtime thanks to reducing the lead time and logistics.
Complex geometries: many components of the platforms like for example the ones in the middle of the ocean are composed for multiple parts. With AM is possible to print these parts in a single part with the reduction of time and costs that this implies.
Fast prototyping of parts: Rapid prototyping allows the designers to participate in multiple design cycles and quickly test design concepts.
SOLUTION (Proposed by meltio)
Meltio gives the possibility of,
- Topological optimization – Design to achieve weight reduction, complex shapes, heat dissipation, … among others.
- Fabrication of complex preforms – Obtaining complex preforms reduce machining times and avoid wasting large amounts of material.
- Use new materials – One of the great advances in metal additive manufacturing is the versatility to use a wide variety of materials, adapting to the most suitable material for each project.