Additive Manufacturing (AM) is advancing technologically at an ever-increasing pace, and finding a fit in an ever-expanding catalogue of applications. In the Oil and Gas (O&G) industry, however, adoption of AM technologies has been slow and applications are limited, despite significant progress and widespread adoption in other industries. Additionally, opportunities within the O&G industry have received limited attention from OEMs, service bureaus, and AM materials/process researchers, despite considerable market size and unique challenges requiring specific solutions. This presentation begins with a survey of AM across the range of the O&G industry – upstream, midstream, and downstream. Following, we will review environmental conditions, operational requirements, and material challenges unique to oilfield services and equipment. We will also present a case study on how the benefits of AM are being exploited to produce functional, production parts currently sent and used in an abundance of downhole applications such as drilling tools, communication assemblies, and fluid measurement and control devices. Finally, we will examine future directions and applications of AM within the O&G industry, identifying where AM opportunities are most likely to be explored and the role they will be playing for O&G in the next several years.
- Describe the current state of additive manufacturing in the oil and gas industry.
- Define challenges unique to the oil and gas industry.
- Identify where AM opportunities are in the oil and gas industry.