GE implements 3D printing for making component molds

Developing the world's largest 3D printer will enable the OEM to make molds for nacelle components of up to 9.5 meters in diameter and weighing more than 60 tonnes by means of additive manufacturing. Initial testing is set to begin in early 2022.

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Offshore wind turbine Haliade X is already a cutting-edge machine solely by virtue of its double-digit megawatt effect. Henceforth, though, General Electric Renewable Energy's biggest platform will also be innovative in another sense.

GE has formed a research partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology (IGCV) as well as German firm Voxeljet to develop the world's largest 3D printer for making offshore wind turbine component molds.

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