Energy, Oil & Gas
Metal Additive Manufacturing enables the rapid prototyping and manufacturing of parts for gas and steam turbines or compressors, with increased flexibility, better materials, and optimised efficiency.
The production of gas turbine burners using additive manufacturing makes decisive support in developing new technologies, contributing to a greener energy supply based on fossil-free fuels, such as hydrogen or biogas.
The adoption of additive manufacturing in the oil and gas industry can generate advantages such as rapid delivery of spare parts and stock reduction, fast prototyping, accelerating R&D and introducing new and innovative solutions. Currently, the most important benefit of metal 3D printing for the oil and gas industry is in reducing the time it takes to produce complex prototypes. Because the 3D Printing process makes it possible to manufacture products with fewer steps, sometimes even eliminating the need for assembly, development of new products is shortened.
Due to stricter environmental norms, volatile oil prices and ever-increasing competition, oil and gas companies are committed towards complex equipment designs to achieve operational efficiency. Therefore, the ability to produce complex components, which are otherwise impossible to manufacture using conventional processes, is turning 3D printing into a key technology.