3D Printing for Oil and Gas Industry
Additive Manufacturing (AM) market in the oil & gas industry is expected to exceed US$850 million by 2021 in the Gulf Cooperation Council. AM will provide oil and gas companies with the following benefits:
- Enhanced performance and functionality by optimizing design for AM production
- Spare parts manufacturing of parts that are getting obsolete or difficult to source/deliver
- Rapid prototyping of parts for new installations or retrofitting projects
- Smoothening work flow and planning Speeding up performance testing
- Minimizing errors in new product development
- Reduction of warehousing space and costs with on-demand local printing.
Examples of Parts developed and produced by Immensa
Additively Manufactured Closed 2D and 3D Impellers find applications in several variations of pumps in varying pressure and temperature conditions in many different industry verticals.
These can be manufactured in Maraging Steel EU 1.2709, SS316L, Precipitation Hardened Steels 17-4 and 15-5, Inconel Alloy 718 and Alloy 625.
Complex and critical components such as Control Valve Plugs for Pipeline Isolation Tools made via metal 3D printing can incorporate details that would be difficult or impossible to duplicate through conventional machining, and weight and size are reduced without compromising performance and mechanical strength.
These Valve Plugs can be manufactured in Titanium Grade 23, Inconel Alloy 718, Inconel Alloy 625, heat treated Maraging Steel EU 1.2709 and Precipitation Hardened Steels 17-4 and 15-5.
Maintaining a clean casing inside diameter (ID) is important when operating drilling, fishing, or wireline tools. Short and compact, the additively manufactured scraper also incorporates a long taper on the blades for passing through joints without hanging. The scraper works in vertical or rotary operations and may be run on drill pipes. Casing Scrapers can be manufactured in Heat Treated Maraging Steel EU 1.2709 and Precipitation Hardened Steels 17-4 and 15-5.
- Conventional Manufacturing process required 6 steps and took 18 to 22 days and 33 HRC
- Additive Manufacturing process completed in 2 steps and took 12 days with enhanced properties 55 HRC