First Metal 3D Printed Product, Up and Running
In a Woodside first and after extensive 3 years testing, our teams in Technology, Engineering & Maintenance have successfully installed a 3D printed part into service at our offshore platform, Goodwyn A.
In a Woodside first
and after extensive 3 years testing, our teams in Technology, Engineering &
Maintenance have successfully installed a 3D printed part into service at our
offshore platform, Goodwyn A.
Technology Development team collaborated with the FutureLab at Monash
University to create 3D printed parts (also known as additive manufacturing).
Our first 3D printed
product, was the redesign of a stainless steel monoflange, a type of valve
assembly used to safely isolate instruments during planned maintenance work.
technology has improved the design of the previous stainless steel monoflange,
by increasing flow-through and avoiding restrictive internal connections, and
reducing its mass and size.
President Sustainability Shaun Gregory says additive manufacturing can solve
many problems that heavy industry faces when it comes to replacing parts that
manufacturers can no longer supply.
“It can be energy
intensive, time consuming and expensive to source replacements for such parts.
Using additive manufacturing offers an innovative solution to these
constraints," he said.
Technology have created a digital app which allows users to submit requests for
items to be additively manufactured. After being screened, requests are passed
to a vendor who will print and deliver the part, the details of which will
subsequently be added to Woodside's digital library.
Woodside, we embrace innovation, and our digital app will further empower our
people to continue looking for opportunities to apply additive manufacturing in
our operations.” Mr Gregory said.
The next part to be installed under Woodside’s program is an additively manufactured stainless steel inducer on the Okha Floating Production Storage and Offloading facility in the first quarter of 2022.