The advantages of using ADDere 3D metal printing in the Oil & Gas Industry
The ADDere additive manufacturing process offers a number of very important benefits to large component manufacturers, like those servicing the Oil & Gas industry. It also offers an alternative to going through the conventional casting process for parts where greater, more consistent quality can be had and typically on shorter timelines.
Below, we’ve broken out some of the larger benefits of using laser wire additive manufacturing in comparison to conventional laser powder additive or casting operations.
ADDere’s Laser Wire Additive systems is the perfect process for printing large parts. Our additive manufacturing systems start at build areas of one meter cubed and increase in volume from there, offering the ability to print parts far larger than most SLS systems.
The systems are also able to print high mass components. ADDere 3D metal printers are designed to put down large amounts of material per hour. That ability translates into more efficiently building parts that have thick side walls and solid features, perfect for high wear and high pressure applications that need the greater amounts of material to be relied upon in the field.
Combining these capabilities allows ADDere to print large valve components and control bodies at the sizes necessary for large installations as one contiguous part, sidestepping the need to use multiple prints to build a component other additive manufacturing methods require.
High quality deposition
Several aspects of the additive process ADDere uses is instrumental in guaranteeing best in class quality. The use of laser heating in the process offers the best heat control. From a metallurgical standpoint, this highly precise ability to control the heat in the process provides a consistent throughout the build. Application of the laser heat also sidesteps many of the issues castings could develop in the pouring process like cold shuts and laps.
ADDere’s ability to print within a completely inert environment further reduces the potential for occlusions or impurities commonly found in the casting process. Cleaner materials means stronger parts over the life of the component.
Overseeing all of these areas is ADDere’s proprietary closed loop feedback system that maintains the process as the system prints. Through an array of sensors, the system is able to analyze the crucial aspects of the build and adjust a number of settings several times a second as it deposits materials. This oversight keeps a close watch on the process to ensure the print is properly constructed, both dimensionally as well as internally consistent.
ADDere prints with many of the materials the oil & gas industry commonly uses in the construction of critical components. With a variety of iron-based alloys like duplex stainless steel and nickel based alloys like Inconel 718 or Alloy X available to print, the ADDere metal 3D printing system allows components that previously leave the shop to get cast, to be done in-house – and with the ability to use much more exotic materials. These materials provide greater resistance to harsh chemicals and conditions and they can be 3D printed at your facility.
Large components operate on their own economies from the high volume parts made on laser powder machines. Buying a large scale additive manufacturing system without testing its abilities can feel like a gamble, especially when there’s specialized requirements for the parts to be printed. Sometimes the number of components needed isn’t enough to rationalize the purchase of hardware needed to print the smaller runs. Many times it’s both.
In either case, ADDere understands the situation and provides printing as a service to build these components on our machines. Whether to prove our system’s metal additive manufacturing abilities or to run parts without having to invest in 3D printing systems and training, ADDere can print your projects. Contact us to learn more!