Additive-manufacturing and 3D-printing peek parts for the gas & oil industry.The erroneous notion has sometimes been that any 3D printer can be used for fabricating just about any solid object conceivable. This however is not true; in fact there are at least 8 different kinds of 3D printing technologies. Each of these technologies is conditioned for 3D printers designed for a specific material class thus delivering different mechanical performances for parts fabricated. Although still relatively a young fabrication method, an important news about 3D printing technologies is that it now has about 30 years of practice-based evidence to prove that it has evolved to become a tool for the production of highly complex, high value, engineering critical parts.
For instance 3D printing technologies have been adopted by the air craft industry for the Additive-manufacturing of different kinds of components including safety critical parts used in passenger airlines. Likewise in the medical sector it is also now being used for the fabrication of patient-specific implants used for long-term application in human medicine. The entry level for 3D printing technology in the various high-end economy leveraging industries is of course understandably different but there are hallmarks to follow.
The material PEEK (poly ether ether ketone), for example, already has a technical history in the oil and gas sector for its various valuable attributes. PEEK brings along properties which make it suitable for use in extremely demanding operating environments. Read more about PEEK on Indmatec website
Source: Indmatec press filing