Honors Gallery

National Rotor Testbed: Using Large-Scale 3D Printing to Test New Wind Blade Designs Southeast

Award: Outstanding Partnership

Year: 2017

Award Type:

Region: Southeast

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Large-scale 3D printing is used to create much smaller and cheaper prototypes used for testing new wind blade designs in a more cost-effective manner.

Partners included Sandia National Laboratories; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; TPI Composites, Inc. and Wetzel Engineering, Inc.

Team Members:

David Minster, Joshua Paquette, Brandon Ennis, Chris Kelley, David Maniaci, Jon White, Brian Naughton, Brian Resore Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Brian Post TPI Composites, Inc. - Steve Nolet Wetzel Engineering, Inc. - Kyle Wetzel