Big Oil Working on Industry Standard for 3D Printing of Spare Parts
Ever hear of additive manufacturing (AM) technology? That was a new one for us. You may know it better by the phrase 3D printing. AM uses computers to control a machine that creates a product before your eyes. Very cool stuff, and increasingly, AM (3D printing) is the future. Five global oil and gas companies–ConocoPhillips, Equinor, Shell, TotalEnergies and Vår Energi–have joined forces to standardize the digital supply of spare parts (using AM tech), setting an industry standard for a digital inventory ecosystem.