Full Title: Using Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing for Wind Turbine Blade Core Structures
Author(s): William Scott Carron, Dave Snowberg, Paul Murdy, and Scott Hughes
Publisher(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Publication Date: August 1, 2023
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This report describes the techno-economic potential of using additive manufacturing technologies to design large wind turbine blade structures. After considering all additive technologies, the authors identified large-scale, polymer-based, material extrusion as the three-dimensional (3D) printing technology best suited to meet modern wind turbine blade manufacturing costs, cycle times, and geometric scale. Due to the lower structural performance requirements and the opportunity to reduce resin uptake mass penalties within the blade, the core material within the sandwich composite sections of the wind turbine blade is established as a logical entry point into advanced wind turbine blade manufacturing.