3D printing poised to explode in wind turbine industry

3D printing poised to explode in wind turbine industry

As the wind turbine industry picks up speed, one CEO is bracing himself for a bright future the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Imagine a wind turbine nacelle made of structural fabric—yes, fabric—or blades complete with metal mesh inserts. According to Philip Totaro of Totaro & Associates, the rapid advance of 3D printing technology means that such hybrid-material wind turbines are no longer the stuff of imagination. These energy savers with “sci-fi-level” performance could become reality in as soon as 2 years, he says. “The greatest challenge for wind turbine blade structural and manufacturing engineers is to […]

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