3D Print Texas recently had an opportunity to provide 3D printed valve and pump models to Phillips 66 for their Midstream Operations Training Program. The models were produced using a mix of technologies including FDM, Multi-Jet Fusion, and Polyjet. Each assembly is functional and customized with cutaways to show key internal features without requiring disassembly. Below is a conversation with Phillips 66’s Midstream Operations Training Team about how our 3D printed models help them better train their employees.
Could you tell us a bit about the goal of your training program?
We’re focused on building depth and breadth across Phillips 66’s Midstream Field Operations. We want to onboard our new hires with a stronger knowledge base, so they understand not only what to do but why to do it. It’s more than just completing a task; it’s understanding what can go wrong if a task is not completed or not completed correctly. We’re also building robust knowledge across the organization and developing training curriculums for all our field roles which provides development opportunities within the organization.
How did you first learn about 3D Print Texas?
The internet; a quick search did the trick. Impressed by the quality of the products displayed on your website, we decided to investigate to determine if 3D Print Texas was a good fit. Additionally, it offered a chance to support a local Houston business.
Before you began working with 3D Print Texas, what kinds of resources or tools did you use for your training courses? What kinds of challenges were you encountering?
We use full-scale cutaways and equipment. Since these are real working valves, they are heavy which imposes a safety risk when handling them. Secondly, they are challenging and expensive to ship to regional field locations due to weight and size.
What motivated you to use 3D printed models for your training courses? How have you been using the pump and valve models?
We identified a need to increase the number of available training props and wanted something new and innovative given our concerns with availability, safety, shipping, etc. We switched out our existing training props with the new 3D printed models. We use them for demonstration purposes in many of our instructor-led training courses for field operations, maintenance and technical employees.
How have the 3D printed pump and valve models improved your ability to demonstrate and communicate to your students?
We color-coded different valve / pump components which has made it much easier for our Instructors to discuss the components when interacting with students. Since the models weigh only a few pounds, it’s also easier to pass them around for students to inspect.
Do you see any other opportunities to utilize 3D printing in the future?
Yes, absolutely. As we expand our technical course offerings, we are on the lookout for additional models to incorporate into our inventory. We see 3D printed models being an important part of our training strategy.
We’d like to thank Phillips 66’s Midstream Operations Training Team for working with us to produce these 3D printed pump and valve models.