3D Printed Oil and Gas Pipe Joining System

3D Printed Oil and Gas Pipe Joining System from 3DiMax 3D Printing

By: 3DiMax 3D Printing  30-Aug-2014
Keywords: Product Design, 3d Modelling, Computer Aided Design

3DiMax was asked by Filor 3D if we could 3D print a project for one of their clients who are working offshore on a pipe laying vessel. The 3D print request was for a 1:40 scale model of a large pipe clamping system located on a work platform on the side of the ship. The pipes to be joined together were 1 meter in diameter. The Lead QHSE Engineer and Network Engineer took the initiative to use the 3D printed model to improve safety and operational performance on-board the pipe laying vessel. The 3D printed model allows the crew to physically run various operational scenarios, check access requirements, highlight any safety issues and demonstrate to the team exactly what each person has to do before performing the actual operation. This project demonstrates a real and valuable practical use for 3D printing as it would have been difficult to explain the system or run various operational scenarios with just CAD images or 3D animations. The Lead QHSE Engineer and Network Engineer should be commended for thinking outside the square by using the latest 3D printing technologies and improving the safety and operations of the crew of the pipe laying vessel.

Keywords: 3d Graphics, 3d Modelling, 3d Parts, 3d Printing, 3d Rendering, 3d Visualisation, Computer Aided Design, Product Design, Rapid Prototyping, Technical Drawing Tools,

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