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Energy 3D printing

Additive manufacturing offers inspiration for any industry willing to make changes. Elimold has the ability to deliver revolutionary developments in the design, production and maintenance of the energy industry. Additive manufacturing technology enables greater design freedom, speed of prototyping and customization, enhanced material performance and use, faster time to market, and reduced cost and weight. We are becoming a game changer in the energy industry. Our expertise in the machinery industry ultimately drives innovation and cost-effective solutions within the industry, through our ability to accelerate design and production times and reduce part cost and weight.

3D Printing For The Energy Sector

Through 3D printing services, custom parts can be created based on complex geometric designs and rigorous manual tasks can be completed. This saves material usage and weight, reduces wear, and optimizes performance under harsh physical and chemical conditions. Pump components, compressor valve plates, propellers, and turbines are just some of the parts that can be made using additive manufacturing today.
On-demand manufacturing using 3D printers allows operators to create replacement parts immediately, reducing downtime and thus saving costs. Equipment can become cheaper, safer, and personalized to specific workers and their needs. Polymer 3D printing also means less material is wasted during production, helping to reduce the industry’s environmental impact.
Elimold is already well versed in multiple energy industry sectors and we are committed to adhering to international quality and safety standards. This dedication to high quality service is widely recognized and means our ability to supply production components internationally is highly trusted.

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Advantages of 3D printing in the energy sector

  • Simplify product development
  • Greater design flexibility
  • Accelerate time to market
  • Produce lighter, better-performing parts
  • Minimize raw material waste
  • Combine previously separate parts into a single unit
  • Optimize inventory and supply chain management

3D printing applications in energy

Quick and easy prototyping and testing is possible, testing is always more accurate than simulation, and with 3D printing you can have a test product in just a few days. Thanks to this innovative process, you can shorten product ideation time and design better products. Time to market is one of the most critical issues facing any industry, and the longer a concept remains in the design cycle, the less potential profit a company makes.
3D printing services can take away the pressure to create solutions quickly, allowing engineers and designers to make quick, accurate decisions during the concept phase. Rapid prototyping is a critical step in design validation, but can be a potential roadblock to launch if not performed quickly and cost-effectively.
With 3D printing, you only need to use 3D software to design a model to obtain a 3D file. It’s great for prototyping as you can easily modify the files to get the perfect 3D printed model. Rapid prototyping and 3D printing go hand in hand. 3D printed prototypes allow engineers to fail fast, run multiple iterations, and change component designs overnight to meet deadlines.
Additionally, the use of 3D printing to create production, end-use parts has become an increasingly mainstream operation in the energy sector. Because 3D printing can create custom, complex parts faster than traditional manufacturing processes, engineers are finding the technology a perfect solution for low-volume projects.

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Energy application type

  • Fluid/water flow analysis
  • Jigs & fixtures
  • Rotors
  • Stators
  • Mud motor modules
  • Flow meter parts
  • Pressure gauge pieces
  • Control-valve components
  • Pump manifolds
  • Plastic impellers
  • Casings
  • Connectors
  • Wind turbine components
  • Solar panel frames & supports
  • Junction boxes

Why 3D print replacement parts?

Spare parts printing supports Elimold’s move to digital supply chains, addressing local supply, scrapping, just-in-time inventory and other material supply chain opportunities for energy companies. Managing spare parts is a major logistical challenge. Too few and your facility may need to shut down. Too many can result in a waste of money and storage. The challenge is even greater at sea because storage capacity is limited and the cost of sending spare parts can be high. Parts availability and obsolescence are also a challenge.
Additionally, most assets in the energy industry are aging and reaching the end of their useful lives. Some major components like pumps determine the lifespan of an asset as they are very expensive and critical. Without 3D printing, if a compressor became obsolete and stopped working, the entire compressor would need to be replaced because the individual components within it cannot be manufactured. 3D printing has the potential to radically simplify supply chains and potentially extend the life of obsolete equipment because we can produce parts that are no longer manufactured.

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