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3D printing will ‘transform’ the oil industry, says BP

3D printing will 'transform' the oil industry, says BP

Written by David

December 31, 2018

BP says 3D printing could transform oil industry supply chains BP has begun using 3D printing to manufacture components for its petrochemicals business and claims the technology could turn out to be “transformative” for the oil industry’s supply chain. David Eyton, BP’s head of technology, said the oil giant was already using 3D printing to make specialist components used in its chemicals division such as the agitators used inside catalytic reactors. “3D printers are fantastic for making quite bespoke devices,” Mr Eyton said. “The internals of our reactors are really quite bespoke… We can make anything now.” The components can be produced quickly on site or nearby as and when required, helping reduce waiting times when equipment is obsolete until replacement…

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