For this exercise, I created a hypothetical customer in the oil and gas refining industry. I named the made-up company Texas Green Energy, a global oil and gas company with refining operations around the world. The application guide itself is framed for this customer, although it could easily be modified as a presentation for a prospect or repurposed as a turnkey service for future customers. In this scenario, we built the customer a customized Hub and branded it "CarbonFlex Machinist Hub"
While 3D printing and downstream O&G might not seem like a conventional marriage at this point in time, my brief research suggests that it is likely on the horizon. I drew upon my experience at Integrated Global Services (IGS), where we marketed chemically engineered corrosion resistant coatings that were applied to relatively enormous surfaces (hundreds of square meters) and were designed to sacrificially protect the substrate (typically stainless steel) from all sorts of corrosive elements (typically heat and sulfuric acid). The reason this application came to mind is that these seemingly opposite operations solutions are complimentary. The “weak spots” come in the form of the smaller critical components throughout the vessel where spray applications are not designed for precision. 3D printed carbon fiber replacement parts that could withstand the harsh conditions would provide tremendous value to refinery operators and could revolutionize maintenance strategies.
I have no doubt made many convenient assumptions to arrive at this hypothetical scenario. The feasibility of this application may be well off in the future, but since the strengths of this application were heat and chemical resistance, it seemed like an ideal model for this excercise.
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