Orbital already uses its technology to print drones and satellite parts. To make blades for a wind turbine, it will 3D-print a giant mold, and then print the blade inside the mold. All of the equipment can be delivered to a site in shipping containers.Fast Company: This startup is using robots to 3D print giant wind turbine blades
Ship the factory, not the blade.
Reduce blade costs and footprints by cutting transportation expenses. Our robotic 3D printers can be brought to wind farms and blades can be custom printed on-site based on its environment.Orbital Composites: Energizing the future
Den slutgiltiga produkten använder återvinningsbara material.
Most current wind-turbine blades aren’t recyclable, though some other manufacturers are now also testing materials that are.) “We’re not only reducing material in the first place, but we’re also going to recycle these materials and reuse them downstream,” Badesha says.Fast Company: This startup is using robots to 3D print giant wind turbine blades
Vad har det för betydelse
Genom att eliminera transportmomentet kan vindkraftföretag skapa längre blad vilket ger mer elektricitet vilket i sin tur sänker kostnaderna.
“The traditional processes are very wasteful.” By adding only the exact amount of material needed, additive manufacturing eliminates that waste. Reducing the use of material is expected to cut costs by 25%; manufacturing on-site can cut costs by another 10% to 25%.Fast Company: This startup is using robots to 3D print giant wind turbine blades