An operator drilling through claystone and
sandstone in Thailand added
Aegis™ 3D-printed armor to an 8½-in bit to
improve durability, hydraulics, and cuttings
evacuation efficiency in the soft formation.
The bit was equipped with Hyper™ hyperbolic diamond cutting element and
a Lo-Vibe™ depth of cut control insert on
the gauge to improve impact resistance.
The combination improved cuttings
evacuation and achieved 40% faster
rotating ROP than a conventional bit.