3D printing company VELO3D has reportedly supplied additive manufacturing (AM) products to US oil and gas specialist Duncan Machine Products (DMP).

DMP is a woman-owned, precision-machining company that supplies products to the oil and gas and aerospace industry. The company plans to expand into metal AM using VELO3D’s Flow pre-print software, Sapphire AM printer, and Assure quality assurance and control system. DMP will take delivery of the system in the second quarter of 2020.

‘We know that AM is essential for our future expansion,’ said Chris Billings, co-owner of DMP. ‘We chose VELO3D because their Sapphire printer can handle the most geometric complexity, and their support-less process doesn’t require customers to redesign their parts. This will enable us to bid on a larger portfolio of projects.’

DMP has received orders to 3D print a minimum of 1,500 parts for downhole tools used in onshore and offshore exploration, and this order could easily increase by 10x in the next 24 months, according to Billings. ‘The conditions under which downhole tools must perform are hostile and include extreme pressure and high-temperature situations, requiring a robust and dependable manufacturing solution.’ For this program, DMP will be using metal AM to replace investment casting as the manufacturing process.

This story uses material from VELO3D, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.