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3YOURMIND and RusselSmith to develop oil & gas AM hub in Nigeria

Seeking to fill the gap between needed and available parts by manufacturing them locally

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3YOURMIND, a Berlin-based 3D printing software company, is partnering with RusselSmith, the first industrial additive manufacturing provider in West Africa, to enhance the identification, digitization, and additive manufacturing of parts for the upstream oil and gas industry. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, RusselSmith is the only organization qualified by the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) to deploy industrial non-metallic additive manufacturing solutions in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

As Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria has one of the region’s most powerful energy sectors and hosts many oil and gas supermajors. Today, the industry faces the challenge of sustaining and maintaining equipment on aging assets due to the difficulty of procuring legacy parts. The unavailability of these parts, which are often no longer manufactured and difficult to remanufacture, can cause significant disruptions to operations. RusselSmith seeks to fill this gap between needed and available parts by manufacturing such parts locally – helping companies improve their operational uptime and reduce costs.

RusselSmith will use 3YOURMIND’s part identification software to identify viable additive manufacturing applications for the oil and gas industry. Once parts have been identified for their technical compatibility and economic feasibility, RusselSmith will use its expertise in design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) to optimize and produce them using additive technology. Optimized parts will then be added to the digital inventory interface that is powered by 3YOURMIND – enabling RusselSmith to streamline pricing, delivery, and order operations for its customers.

“There is significant potential for improving operational efficiency in the oil and gas industry through the additive manufacturing of legacy parts, and it all starts from being able to identify viable parts across the industry and determine the most efficient ways to manufacture such parts additively,” said Kayode Adeleke, CEO of RusselSmith. “We are pleased to partner with 3YOURMIND to improve our solutions, and we look forward to making a positive impact in the region together.”

“This partnership with RusselSmith aligns with 3YOURMIND’s vision to serve the needs of the energy sector by making it easier to identify and produce critical components to sustain equipment,” said Jos Burger, Executive Chairman at 3YOURMIND. “RusselSmith provides astounding expertise in additive manufacturing and oil and gas, and we’re very pleased to enter the region with such a strong local partner.”

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