3D Printing in Oil & Gas – Thematic Research

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has emerged as one of the key enabling technologies in driving industrial productivity. Over the years, 3D printing technology has received increasing prominence in different industries and has significantly impacted automotive and aerospace manufacturing. The oil and gas industry has also shown slow but steady adoption of this technology in recent years. Initially, 3D printing technology was largely limited to polymer-based products. However, recent advancements in metal-based 3D printing is making this technology more relevant to the oil and gas industry.

The key benefit of 3D printing technology lies in reducing the time it takes to produce complex prototypes. 3D printers can also lower the time required to manufacture functional products for use in operations. Due to stricter environmental norms, volatile oil prices and ever-increasing competition, companies are gravitating towards complex equipment designs to achieve operational efficiency. The ability to produce complex components, which are otherwise impossible to manufacture using conventional processes, is turning 3D printing into a must-have technology.

Scope

Overview of the emergence of 3D printing technology as a theme in the oil and gas industry and its impact on operations.

Detailed analysis of the emerging use cases for 3D printing across the oil and gas value chain.

A brief overview of the major application areas for 3D printing in the oil and gas industry.

Analysis of the 3D printing industry along with its use cases across different industry verticals.

Reasons to buy

Understand the importance of adopting 3D printing in oil and gas operations.

Identify the key applications and trends for the 3D printing theme.

A review of some of the case studies highlighting the growing capabilities of 3D printing in addressing business challenges across the oil and gas value chain.

Identify and benchmark key oil and gas companies and technology providers based on their exposure to 3D printing theme.

Table of Contents

IMPACT OF 3D PRINTING ON THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY 4

3D printing technology offers solutions for rapid product manufacturing… 4

…facilitates the manufacturing of components with complex shapes… 4

…and the manufacture of spare parts on-demand 5

Case studies 6

Royal Dutch Shell: 3D printing bridges the gap between design and fabrication 6

Royal Dutch Shell: 3D printers save time compared to conventional manufacturing methods 7

GE Oil and Gas: 3D printing used to produce gas turbine end burners 8

Siemens Energy: 3D printers used to manufacture gas turbine blades 9

Woodside Energy: 3D printers reduce repair and maintenance costs 10

Total SA: 3D printing deployed for custom use cases 10

PLAYERS 11

TECHNOLOGY BRIEFING 12

Definition 12

The eight different types of 3D printing technology 12

The science behind 3D printing 17

The technology of materials 18

4D printing 19

The cost of 3D printing 20

TRENDS 21

Applications of 3D printing in oil & gas 21

Technology trends 23

Regulatory trends 25

Macroeconomic trends 27

INDUSTRY ANALYSIS 28

Market size and growth forecasts 30

Competitive analysis 31

Mergers and acquisitions 33

Timeline 35

VALUE CHAIN 36

Hardware 36

Materials 37

Software 38

Services 39

HOW 3D PRINTING IS DISRUPTING INDUSTRIES 41

Manufacturing 41

Automotive 42

Aerospace 43

Consumer goods 44

Healthcare 44

Construction 45

Jewelry 46

Food 47

Toys 47

COMPANIES 48

Oil & gas companies 48

Public 3D printing companies 50

Private 3D printing companies 56

WHO’S WHO IN 3D PRINTING 60

Classification by value chain segment 60

Classification by 3D printing technology 61

GLOSSARY 62

APPENDIX: OUR THEMATIC RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 65

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