Gartner Research

Impact of 3D Printing for Oil and Gas Industry IT Leaders

Published: 15 December 2015

ID: G00280151

Analyst(s): Morgan Eldred, Pete Basiliere

Summary

While 3D printing offers CIOs of O&G firms, as well as oil field service companies, opportunities for cost savings and productivity gains, it also raises challenges relating to intellectual property protection.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

  • Introduction
    • Specific Use-Case Examples

Impacts and Recommendations

  • While use cases for 3D printing by O&G CIOs are proliferating, the technique's use in the industry has not been fully developed
  • Concerns over intellectual property confidentiality and the security of 3D printing threaten to inhibit progress unless O&G IT leaders can ensure proper governance
  • The impact of 3D printing on IT architecture will be substantial, requiring O&G CIOs to provide the flexibility needed to foster innovation and collaboration while enabling access control and security

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