There is good news and bad news in the oil and gas patch. The bad news is that oil and gas companies face multiple uncertainties due to Covid, the ecological crisis and the need to transition toa zero-carbon future.
BCN3D has announced the Metal Pack containing Ultrafuse® Metal Filaments from Forward AM for its line of Epsilon Series 3D printers, allowing its customer-base to easily upgrade their hardware to catch up with the latest developments and affordably produce solid metal parts.
Despite the recent disruption to the world economy caused by Covid-19, many governments have ambitious plans to boost infrastructure spending as economies grow and concerns about global warming stimulate interest in “smart” cities.
Large-scale 3D metal printing company MX3D has successfully produced a structural connector in duplex stainless steel, designed in collaboration with engineers from Takenaka, one of the largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms in Japan.
If there is one market for CRAs that is bristling with invention and creativity, it is the aerospace industry. Attempts to make air travel more efficient and more comfortable are bearing fruit thanks to notable advances in manufacturing, including robotics and especially 3D printing. Significant developments include the introduction of electric aeroplanes, especially for short journeys; new aircraft designs; the proliferation of drones; and growth of the space sector.
The marine industry in general has been slow to embrace the 3D printing concept. The use of continuous liquid metal deposition under computer numerical control has created opportunities to produce complex shapes such as forgings and castings whilst avoiding the need for expensive tooling and the time delays in fabricating moulds. Notwithstanding this slow start, development work at Delft Technical University in 2017 has led to the production of the world’s first metal deposited marine propeller.
The use of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is gradually increasing in the oil and gas industry. Currently, accounting for less than 0.1% of the overall global manufacturing market, which is currently valued at USD 12.7 trillion, it is estimated that the 3D printing market will be worth USD 32bn by 2025 and over USD 60bn by 2030, says GlobalData.
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