Shorter lead times and times to market
Optimized design increases drilling accuracy, reduces post-processing and production costs
Drilling assembly with part count reduced from four separate components to just one
APS offers a variety of intelligent tools, including steerable drill motors, vibration dampers, modelling and analysis tools, and logging sensors, in addition to its MWD systems. Aside from the obvious difficulties involved in when cutting rock hundreds of feet under the earth, the pressurized fluid used to cool the drill head and flush away cuttings is highly abrasive and rushes past very fast.
EOS had the perfect solution in store for APS: additive manufacturing based on durable metal. Using this technology, the company was able to build long-lasting parts in a short space of time. The solution is known by the name of: EOSINT M 280. DMLS enables designers to create complex geometries that could not previously be manufactured, and challenges such as these have now become far more manageable.
By using EOS technology, APS has reduced the part count in a drilling assembly from four separate components to just one. Aside from the advantages APS has seen in part-count reduction and novel component shapes, designers are finding that product development cycles are substantially shorter. DMLS is also creating cost savings in the company’s extensive machine shop, where jigs and fixtures that once took days or even weeks to machine can now be printed, unattended, overnight.