With multiple new technologies being introduced to the suffering oil and gas industry in 2020, 3D printing is the latest fad to gain traction in the space. Additive manufacturing has been extremely useful during the Covid-19 pandemic, delivering vital PPE to frontline workers across the globe. But now, the ever-evolving technology is also being used in innovative ways across the energy sector.
Earlier this year, we saw several companies relying on 3D printing to supply hard-to-get parts because of global pandemic restrictions and delays in delivery. This takes the reliance away from third-party companies as well as the need to ship parts from other countries. Further, the more parts that can be made in-house, the better the inventory processes of the company.
To effectively manufacture additives, companies must create a digital inventory. The idea is to make a database of all the parts needed, their design, and how they can be made with a 3D printer. This helps companies prepare for any spare part they might suddenly need.
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