OTC 2016 Conference Dates:
May 2–5, 2016

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Friction Stir Welding for the Oil & Gas Industry
Additive Manufacturing: Processes, Materials and Applications
Additive Manufacturing: Processes, Materials, and Applications
Held in conjunction with the 2016 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC 2016)
Sponsored by the TMS Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division (MPMD) and TMS Powder Materials Committee
Sunday, May 1, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (0830 to 1700)
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas
David L. Bourell, The University of Texas at Austin, and David Leigh, Stratasys Inc.

Register for this professional development event through the OTC 2016 registration form.


Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is a collection of manufacturing technologies that involves part creation by joining material together without part-specific tooling, driven by a computer. While much of the publicity focuses on prototypes and low-technology applications, AM service parts are being used in safety-critical fields including aerospace, biomedical, and oil and gas. The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with knowledge and tools for informed decision making relative to integration of AM processes and parts into the oil and gas supply chain. Coverage includes current AM practice for metals, polymers and ceramics; mechanical properties; AM processing for production; and application inroads into oil and gas.


This workshop is designed for people in oil and gas who want to learn more about how additive manufacturing can impact their businesses: engineers, materials scientists/metallurgists, and managers who are in decision making positions on AM vs. conventional manufacturing processes. Academics and researchers will also benefit from discussions about the current movement towards full adoption of AM.


Additive Manufacturing (AM) has become popular in the last few years, although seminal developments took place 25–30 years ago. The purpose of this tutorial is to familiarize participants in the following topics:

  • Introduction (60 min)
    • Short History of Process Development
    • Application Space for AM
    • Review of the 7 (ASTM) Categories of AM
    • Current Materials for AM
  • Properties of AM Parts: Polymers, Metals, Ceramics (30 min)
    • Defects and Role in Defining Properties
    • Mechanical Properties
  • AM for Service Part Production: (30 min)
    • Post Processing (HIP, surface finishing, infiltration, etc.)
    • Qualification and Certification of Materials and Processes
    • Design Process Disruption
    • Supply Chain Disruption
  • Materials for AM/3DP (60 min)
    • AM/3DP process ability impact on feedstock composition
    • Current commercially available materials for AM/3DP
    • Properties of AM/3DP parts from the perspective of service application requirements (metals, engineering polymers and ceramics)
  • Current ASTM AM/3DP standards and outlook (30 min)/li>
  • Practical Issues in Creation of AM Parts for Oil and Gas (60 min)
    • Specifications
      • Design
      • Materials
      • Processes
    • Drivers
      • Low Volume
        • Highly iterative design cycle (short N between tooling)
        • Tooling costs
        • Low annual volumes
      • High Value
        • Cost Reduction
        • Sustainable
        • Part Consolidation
        • One-of-a-kind Design
        • Only way to make it
    • Digital Thread
      • Traceability
      • Digital Master
      • Interruption
      • Inspection
    • AM Technologies for EUP creation
      • SLS, DMLS, etc.
  • Application Inroads in Oil and Gas (90 min)
    • Models/Training Demonstration Parts
    • Tooling
    • Direct Manufacture of Components
    • Repair
    • Remote Manufacturing
    • Time Compression ["monitoring robots known as pigs are assembled. Thanks to 3D printing technology, pig production that once took 12 weeks is now done in 12 hours."]
    • Geometrical Freedom ["3D printing may be increasingly important to the oil and gas industry as drilling conditions become more extreme—in ultra-deep water and areas in the Arctic. 3D printing technology allows engineers to realize complicated designs to address the challenges presented by such extreme conditions"]
    • Multiple Materials [Ti or Inconel wear pads above the drill bit]
    • Topology Optimization for Reduced Weight
  • Wrap Up and Questions (30 min)
David L. Bourell is the Temple Foundation Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and is currently director of the Laboratory for Freeform Fabrication. He is chair of the ASTM F42 Subcommittee on Terminology for AM, member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/ASTM International Joint Committee on AM Terminology, one of three regional editors for the Rapid Prototyping Journal and was the lead organizer of the research-based 2009 Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing. For many years, he has served on the TMS Professional Registration Committee that writes the national Metallurgical and Materials Principles and Practice Exam, used by most states as part of the Professional Engineering Registration process. He holds nine primary patents dealing with materials innovations in the AM process, laser sintering (LS), dating back to 1990, and has published more than 200 AM-related papers in journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. Bourell is a leading expert in advanced materials for LS, having worked in this area since 1988. He was the lead author on the original materials patent for LS technology. Issued in 1990, this patent has been cited by over 180 other patents. Bourell is a Fellow of ASM International and TMS, and a lifetime member of TMS. In 2009, he received the TMS Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award.

David Leigh is the current Executive Vice President for Emerging Technologies at Stratasys Inc. Stratasys is a global leader in the 3D printing/additive manufacturing industry. Leigh was the CEO and founder of Harvest Technologies, an AM production company located in central Texas that was acquired by Stratasys in 2014. Harvest was one of the first AS9100 certified companies to focus on the demands of direct digital manufacturing in the aerospace industry. Leigh has been a champion for the laser sintering (LS) process throughout his career, serving on Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration’s (SME) Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) Steering Committee and ASTM International’s F42 Standards Committee for Additive Manufacturing. He achieved his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked at DTM Corporation in Austin as part of the original team that commercialized LS in the early 90s. He left DTM and started Harvest Technologies in 1995, and was also a co-founder of Integra Services in Round Rock, Texas, and Advanced Laser Materials in Temple, Texas.

Space is limited; advance registration is recommended.

Register for this professional development event through the OTC 2016 registration form. Please note that conference registration is not required to attend this training course.

Registration Fees
Registration fees include course materials, morning and afternoon beverage breaks, and lunch.

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