WAAM for Oil & Gas

Robotic WAAM is the most promising 3D printing metal technology for the oil & gas industry to improve the manufacturing flexibility of part production, even at remote or on-site locations.

Industry value

Operators in the oil and gas industry carry large inventories to minimize downtime and operating costs as many of these parts are highly customized and required in low-volume.

Robotic WAAM can minimize disruptions and inventories by reducing manufacturing lead time for spare parts and enabling on-site production.

KEY BENEFITS

Lowering Inventory Costs

reduce part count and volume
lower minimum order quantity
digital inventory

Increasing Supply Chain Flexibility

manufacturing flexibility on-site
reduce material waste
reduce purchase costs

Reduce Downtime

shorter repair lead time
reduce part obsolescence risks
extend equipment life cycle

APPLICATIONS

Industry Application

Bronze Flange

Flanges are usually highly customized, difficult to single order, and have a lead time running into several months. With WAAM, operators could design, build and install the required flange within days, on site, saving both ordering and inventory costs. This flange has been printed in bronze CuSi3 in near-net-shape and post-processed afterwards.

Industry Application

Stainless Steel Heat Sink

Transfering heat is key to the oil and gas industry, as heat exchangers and sinks are customized to the specific location. With WAAM, the custom part can be printed and replaced by the operator in a relative short time frame.

This heat sink has been printed in 4mm stainless steel.

Industry Research

Pipeline Clamp

WAAM can shorten the lead time of producing the pipeline clamps compared to specialty manual welding and CNC milling by fully automating production which produces less material waste.

WAAM-specialist MX3D has teamed up with TEAM and TiaT Europe to investigate the potential of hybrid WAAM in the oil and gas industry. The research has been funded by Trinity (European Union’s Horizon 2020 research initiative) and is expected to present its results by 2021 Q3.

Certification & Qualification

MX3D follows the recent guidance notes for the certification of products produced by Lloyd’s Register, The Welding Institute, and DNV GL.

MX3D produces parts with mechanical properties comparable to those of cast or wrought material. By adopting new and existing international standards, MX3D manages the quality of parts for various industries and applications.

Industry Partners

Filippo Gilardi

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