How 3D Printing Powers Energy Generation Component Manufacturing

How 3D Printing Powers Energy Generation Component Manufacturing

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Hybrid 3D printing technology not only boosts the manufacturing of wind energy generating components but also help in redesigning complex parts.

FREMONT, CA: The increasing prices of nickel-based alloys, stainless steel, and titanium alloys coupled directly increase the affordability and accessibility of wind power generation. The hybrid 3D printing highly influences innovative designs and manufacturing process of wind power generation components. According to a study, hybrid 3D printing speeds up component-manufacturing time up to 75 percent and decreases the use of material resources by up to 65 percent.

The evolution of hybrid technology is lead by the continuously growing demands for high-tech wind-power generation approaches. 3D printing technology presents both the accuracy and the expertise to the manufacturing machine. The addition of a 3D scanning system benefits wind power component manufacturers to produce the right part geometrics and fix the damaged components. Hybrid 3D printing gives numerous potential for cost reduction, as the need for manufacturing materials reduce than the early ways.

Every part of the wind turbine can be improved by 3D printing, which makes it possible to produce complex shapes and contours or reduce the manufacturing time. Such an advantage makes it easy for complex components productions. Hybrid 3D printing enables the cost-effective development of aerodynamic design and reduces efforts to generate wind energy. With the help of the 3D printing process, manufacturers also add specific high-wear materials in thin layers at the exposed areas to high stresses, which increase the reliability and resistance of that component.

Hybrid 3D printing has a significant impact on the wind energy supply chain. Fewer subcomponents not only optimize the productions but reduces the manufacturing cost, avoiding the need for transportation and storage troubles. The availability of components reduces maintenance and operational costs and downtime in the sector. Many separate parts can be unified with the help of hybrid 3D manufacturing while reducing labor and costs and increasing the machine lifespan.

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