Additive Manufacturing Opportunities In Oil & Gas Markets 2017: An Opportunity Analysis And Ten-year Forecast

Report # SMP-AM-OG-2017-112017
Published November 14, 2017

In 2016 SmarTech released the first ever in-depth analysis of additive manufacturing for the Oil and Gas industry. Our conclusion was the that this sector would become a major adopter of additive adopter of additive manufacturing technologies.  Our 2017 report on this topic shows that our projections were correct.   GE is now actively printing a variety of metal components for use in its oil and gas operations, while Halliburton is actively exploring the use cases for field production of active parts.  Reasons to purchase this new report:

  • The report includes a current discussion of the how additive manufacturing is increasing efficiency and streamlining supply chains in an oil and gas industry that continues to be beset by low prices for fossil fuels
  • It also contains examples of how the oil and gas industry has adopted the latest additive manufacturing techniques for metals and adapted them for the industry’s specific needs.  We show how the industry is now using additive manufacturing for printed metal components with increasing opportunities for large print volumes
  • In addition, this study contains an analysis of how additive manufacturing is making operational and cost differences in the oil and gas industry in all phases of production — downstream, midstream and upstream oil and gas supply.  Our ten-year forecasts of additive manufacturing in the oil and gas sector covering all relevant technologies, materials, and estimations of printed part volumes.  These forecasts are based on SmarTech’s proprietary additive adoption model for the oil and gas industry, designed to gauge current and future use of AM.

This report is illustrated with the latest examples of where additive manufacturing is making a difference in the oil and gas industry. The reader of this report will also gain a better understanding of how additive manufacturing continues to penetrate the oil and gas Industry.  It also provides guidance on how AM firms can help message their products for the oil and gas industry and how to get the industry behind additive manufacturing, as well as a detailed exploration of potential application areas that can jump-start internal research and development activities within the Industry.

The oil and gas industry is poised to become one of the most important generators of revenue – both near- and long-term — for additive system manufacturers and service providers worldwide. We believe that it will be invaluable reading to oil and gas industry executives as well as to the investment community and the additive manufacturing community itself.

Chapter One: Drivers for AM in Oil & Gas


  1. Background to This Report

    1. Oil & Gas Industry Dynamics and Influence on AM Adoption

    2. Progress in AM Adoption by O&G sector in 2016 and 2017



  2. Key Benefits of AM for Oil & Gas

    1. More Consolidated Practices

    2. Potential Applications and Recent Successful Case Studies



  3. Adoption Model for AM in O&G

    1. Best practices from Aerospace

    2. Best practices from Ground Transportation and Automotive

    3. Best practices from Medical and Dental



  4. Extracting value from AM in O&G Operations

  5. Current Industry Activity and Adoption Timeline

    1. Future Opportunity Sizing



  6. Ten Year Forecast of Overall Market Opportunity for AM in O&G

  7. Forecast Methodology

  8. Key Points from This Chapter


Chapter Two – Current and Future AM Implementation in the O&G Industry

  1. Latest Evolutions of AM Technologies for O&G

    1. Metal Powder Bed Fusion

    2. Metal Laser Deposition (DED)

    3. Metal Binder Jetting

    4. Polymer Powder Bed Fusion

    5. Thermoplastic Extrusion

    6. Photopolymerization

    7. Sand Binder Jetting



  2. Ten Year Forecast for AM Hardware in O&G

    1. Average System Price

    2. HW Unit Sales and Installed Base

    3. HW Revenues Forecast

    4. Geographic Considerations



  3. Analysis of AM Materials for O&G

    1. High Grade Polymer Materials for Oil & Gas

    2. Metal Materials for Directed Energy Deposition



  4. Forecast of Materials for Oil & Gas AM Applications

    1. Metal AM Materials Forecast

    2. Polymer Materials Forecast for Oil & Gas

    3. Binder Jetting Materials Forecast



  5. Ceramics

  6. Key Points from This Chapter


Chapter Three – Known AM Application in O&G

  1. Analysis of the Primary AM Applications for O&G

    1. Prototyping and Technical Modeling

    2. 3D Printing for Tooling and Indirect Manufacturing in O&G



  2. On Demand Rapid Part Production/Repair

    1. Upstream Implications of Distributed Manufacturing

    2. Midstream Implications of Distributed Manufacturing

    3. Downstream Implications of Distributed Manufacturing



  3. On Demand Part Production

    1. Complex Parts and Sub-assemblies

    2. Obsolete and Spare Parts



  4. Sample Applications for Oil & Gas

    1. Drill Bits and Drill Components

    2. Valve Fittings and Pump Components

    3. Heat Exchangers in Natural Gas Compression Systems

    4. Components for Gas Processing and Refinery Operations

    5. Catalytic Reactors and Components



  5. AM Service Bureaus in Oil & Gas Forecast

    1. Impact of Non-Specialist Service Bureaus

    2. Impact of Specialist O&G Service Bureaus



  6. Ten Year Forecast for O&G Service Part Production

    1. Oil & Gas Part Volume Projections

    2. Geographic Considerations and Forecast



  7. Key System and Service Suppliers

    1. EOS / Siemens

    2. GE Additive (Concept Laser / Arcam)

    3. Stratasys

    4. Materialise



  8. AM Adopters in Oil & Gas

    1. Siemens Oil & Gas

    2. GE Oil & Gas

    3. Halliburton

    4. Royal Dutch Shell

    5. Maersk Oil

    6. 3M

    7. BP



  9. Software

  10. Development of Oil & Gas Software Solutions

  11. 10 Year AM Software Revenues Forecast for Oil & Gas

  12. Key Points from This Chapter


About SmarTech Publishing
About the Analyst
Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report
List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1-1: Using AM to Address Oil and Gas’ Biggest Challenges

  • Exhibit 1-2: SmarTech Additive Manufacturing Adoption Model for Oil and Gas Markets

  • Exhibit 1-3: Using AM to Address Oil and Gas’ Biggest Challenges

  • Exhibit 1-4: Oil and Gas Leaders on the SmarTech AM Adoption Model and Timeline

  • Exhibit 1-5a: Overall AM in Oil & Gas Market Forecast by Segment and Growth Rates

  • Exhibit 1-5b: Overall AM in Oil & Gas Market Forecast

  • Exhibit 2-1 Forecasted Average AM System Price by Technology ($US) 2016 - 2027

  • Exhibit 2-2: Forecasted Yearly AM Unit Shipments in Oil & Gas and YoY Growth 2016 - 2027

  • Exhibit 2-3: Forecasted AM Unit Installed Base in Oil & Gas 2016 - 2027

  • Exhibit 2-4: Forecasted Unit Installed Base in Oil & Gas by Technology Type 2027

  • Exhibit 2-5: Yearly AM Hardware Sales in Oil & Gas by Geographic Region

  • Exhibit 2-6: Available and Future Metal Materials for AM by Technology

  • Exhibit 2-7: Average Price of Metal Powder and Metal Wire for AM In Oil & Gas Markets

  • Exhibit 2-8: Metal Powder Shipments for Metal AM in Oil & Gas

  • Exhibit 2-9: Metal Powder Revenues for AM in Oil & Gas

  • Exhibit 2-10: Metal Wire Feedstock Shipments for AM in Oil & Gas

  • Exhibit 2-11: Average Polymer Material Price per Kg in Oil & Gas

  • Exhibit 2-12: Thermoplastic Filament Shipments (Kg) in Oil & Gas

  • Exhibit 2-13: Photopolymer Shipments for AM in Oil & Gas

  • Exhibit 2-14: Photopolymer Revenues for AM in Oil & Gas

  • Exhibit 2-15: Thermoplastic AM Powder Shipment for Oil & Gas

  • Exhibit 2-16: Thermoplastic AM Powder Sales in Oil & Gas

  • Exhibit 2-17: Binder Jetting Material Revenues for Oil & Gas

  • Exhibit 3-1: AM Service Bureau Revenues and Growth in Oil & Gas

  • Exhibit 3-2: Total Metal AM Parts for Oil & Gas by Part Type

  • Exhibit 3-3: Value of Metal AM Parts in Oil & Gas

  • Exhibit 3-4: Total Polymer AM Parts for Oil & Gas

  • Exhibit 3-5: Value of Polymer AM Parts in Oil & Gas

  • Exhibit 3-6: Comparison Between Polymer And Metal AM Part Revenues 2016 - 2027

  • Exhibit 3-7: Metal AM Parts Revenues by Geographic Area

  • Exhibit 3-8: Polymer AM Parts Revenues by Geographic Areas

  • Exhibit 3-9: AM Software Revenues in Oil & Gas


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