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Equinor, in collaboration with innovative companies like Fieldnode and f3nice, utilizes 3D printing to revolutionise spare parts production, reducing lead times, costs, and CO2 emissions. Additive manufacturing is a method which builds materials layer by layer, offering flexibility and efficiency.

Equinor’s work within digital supply network combines a digital inventory with local, on-demand manufacturing. Case examples illustrate the environmental benefits, such as reducing CO2 emissions from 4.4 tons to 3.8 kg for when a 3D printed fan made it possible to extend lifetime of an electrical motor. Additionally, Equinor's partnership with Fieldmade showcases sustainable practices, using 100% recycled metal for 3D printing in a mobile 3D print microfactory. Notably, Equinor's projects demonstrate the technology's potential, reducing lead time, improving functionality, and giving access to obsolete parts. Equinor actually achieved a world record together with suppliers with the largest steel and metal object in the energy industry, 3 tons of steel and Inconel, and reduced lead time from 40 to 10 weeks. Moreover, on-site repairs using 3D printing improve safety and sustainability.

The implementation of 3D printing creates new job opportunities and local hubs for production, fostering economic growth. Equinor's collaboration with industry leaders to develop a digital supply network further enhances supply chain efficiency and sustainability. Through these initiatives, Equinor pioneers the transformation of spare parts production, showcasing the transition of 3D printing from science fiction to industrial reality.

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