Rapid prototyping is a key application of 3D printing in the energy sector. For any industry, time to market is one of the most crucial challenges that the companies can face – the longer a concept remains in the design cycle, the less profit for the firm. Engineers and designers need to make rapid, correct decisions at the idea stage due to the demand to develop solutions swiftly. In the oil and gas industry, rapid prototyping is an essential phase in design verification, however, it can be a costly and time-consuming process if not done correctly. Rapid prototyping and 3D printing are inextricably linked. 3D printing technology allows engineers to find flaws in their designs, 3D printing helps them manufacture several iterations, and modify component designs overnight to meet deadlines.
The use of 3D printing to produce manufacturing and end-use parts is becoming increasingly common in the oil and gas industries. Engineers learned that 3D printing is an ideal choice for low-volume production since it can make custom, complex, and stronger parts quicker than standard manufacturing processes.
Apart from an engineering perspective, trade exhibitions are a great platform for the oil and gas industry to represent opportunities to gain media exposure, grow brand awareness, and to do business. Many industry professionals attend trade exhibitions to showcase their technologies, models, products, and services.
To stand out at such events, a creative strategy is essential because many businesses attend such events to seek the attention of potential clients.
It is difficult to bring full-size oil and gas products and services to such events, unlike some other industries in the world. Due to the costs of shipping, storing, and complying with the import restrictions, an international company will have trouble presenting huge heavy pieces of machinery like pressure control.
3D printing technology advancements enable businesses to deliver enhanced presentations at the oil and gas trade exhibitions. Businesses can use rapid prototyping to develop exact 3D printed scale replicas of their products and machinery. Furthermore, scale model product demonstrations can highlight product features and their functioning. Such exact demonstrations enable organizations to highlight the uniqueness of their model’s attributes in more depth.
Proto21 worked with many big names in oil and gas industries such as ADNOC group, NOV, Mcdermott, Dragon Oil, SPEC, ENOC just to name a few. We created small parts in low-volume production to large models such as ADNOC Drill Bits. At Proto21, our 3D printing technologies allow us to create extremely detailed and precise scaled presentation models. We provide a full suite of solutions for our clients that include:
Our all-encompassing approach to 3D printed model displays guarantees that you have the finest solution for your trade exhibition needs. This can range from custom paint job and branding to delivery and installation.
We walk our clients through every step of the process to ensure they get accurate scale models that draw attendees to their booth and engage them in conversation. We have the skills, knowledge, and expertise in 3D printing technology to help our clients create something that stands out in the eyes of potential clients as 3D printing service providers in the MENA region.
3D Printing is already shaking our age-old notions of what can and can’t be made.- Hod Lipson
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