Guest Editorial : Can additive manufacturing breathe new life into aging assets?

Fitzpatrick, Stephen (2018) Guest Editorial : Can additive manufacturing breathe new life into aging assets? Journal of Petroleum Technology, 70 (1). pp. 14-15. ISSN 0149-2136

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    Abstract

    Additive layer manufacturing technology has gained prominence in the aerospace sector and is being used for the rapid production of prototype parts. Its credibility has quite literally “taken off” and is now used to build in-flight production components for aircraft. Its applications are being adopted in other sectors such as medical and automotive as a potentially faster and more economical alternative to traditional manufacturing methods for certain applications. Though it offers huge potential to the oil and gas arena, its uptake so far has been limited. The industry’s risk-averse culture, lack of infrastructure, and stringent standards have been cited by leaders as barriers to adoption.