3D Printing in Oil & Gas – Thematic Research

3D printing, or “additive manufacturing”, is the process of joining materials to make objects from three-dimensional model data, usually layer upon layer. In 2013, the 3D printing industry was worth $3bn, and grew to $7bn in 2017. By 2025, the 3D printing market will account for over $20bn in spend.

The 3D printing market blends software technology with materials science and the growth in interest in 3D printing technology is fueling a significant amount of R&D investment in the core technologies that make up 3D printing solutions.

Today, 3D printing is not commonly used as a replacement for volume manufacture, where the technology and materials cost means that other manufacturing approaches are more suitable. However, it is now widely used in prototyping across a number of sectors where it can significantly lower the cost of development.

This application is expected to become a vital component for industries that lean heavily toward machines, robotics, large and small equipment, and more complex components. Within an industry such as energy, oil and gas (O&G) companies find themselves at a critical stage of replacing, retrofitting, and maintaining large portions of their equipment and physical infrastructure.

Due to the nature of the operations within the oil and gas industry, many facilities, plants, and rigs are situated in remote areas and transporting spare parts or maintenance crews to them is a lengthy process. The application of 3D printing has the capabilities to address this challenge by providing quick, on-demand materials and easily replicated parts to these remote outposts.

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Companies mentioned

3D Systems

Stratasys

Renishaw

GE Additive (owns

Arcam)

HP Inc

Proto Labs

Organovo

ExOne

Voxeljet

Groupe Gorge

Beijing Tiertime

Blueprinter

Concept Laser

EnvisionTEC

EOS

Mcor Technologies

Nanoscribe

Optomec

BeeVeryCreative

Builder

Boots Industries

Delta Micro Factory

Eckertech

FormLabs

Lulzbot

MakerGear

Portabee

RepRap

Solidoodle

Ultimaker

XYZ Printing

GE Oil & Gas

Halliburton

Shell

Siemens

Woodside

3BIGGG.com

3D Creation Lab

3DPhacktory

3D Print UK

3D ProParts

3D Systems Asia-Pacific

3T RPD Ltd

Cubify Cloud 3D Print

Draft Print 3D

Figulo

FIT Production

GROWit

i.materialise

IDC Models

Inition

Industrial Plastic Fabrications Limited

LPE — Laser Prototypes Europe Limited

LGM Architectural Visualization

Materialise OnSite

Ponoko

Print IT 3D Ltd

Print To 3D

Proto3000.com

Purple Porcupine

Quickparts

Rapid 3D

Rapido3D

Redeye on Demand

Sciaky

Sculpteo

Shapeways

Tri Axis Art

ZoomRP

3D Object Marketplaces

Table of Contents

Players

Trends

Industry analysis

Disruptive impact on old economy industries

Impact of 3D printing on oil & gas

Companies section

Technology briefing

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