2017 National Rotor Testbed: Using Large-Scale 3D Printing to Test New Wind Blade Designs Mid-Continent

Award Year 

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.(more)

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


  • Sandia Lab’s Wind Energy Technologies Department
  • 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