How 3D Printing can Slash Manufacturing Prices for Offshore Wind Turbines?

By StartUp City | Monday, January 06, 2020

Yet another application for 3D printing has been designed and tested by a partnership of reputed companies Accucode and RCAM. The partners have taken the task after receiving a grant fund worth $250,000.

FREMONT, CA: Accucode, a renowned IT service provider, is collaborating with RCAM Technologies, a specialist in large-scale additive manufacturing. The partnership will focus on the development of large-scale, 3D printed concrete components that will support offshore wind turbines. The partnership announcements are accompanied by news of the grant received. RCAM technologies received a grant fund of $250,000 from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (COEDIT) via its Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program. 

The grant was awarded explicitly to RCAM for conceptualizing and developing 3D printed wind turbine foundation. This will reduce the offshore deployment costs by $4M for every foundation and up to $400M for each wind plant. RCAM has stated that the funding will enable the expansion of its 3D concrete printing abilities at two partner locations: the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden and Accucode’s new facility in Colorado Springs. “This grant will allow us to establish large scale 3D concrete printing capabilities in Colorado and utilize NREL’s world-class testing facilities to advance our technologies,” said Jas

on Cotrell, CEO of RCAM Technologies.RCAM will be the first to install a fully-functional large-scale 3D concrete printing system at NREL, where the fabrication of the fixed-bottom support structures will begin for offshore wind turbines. Post manufacturing and assembly processes have been tested, and the 3D concrete printer is also set to be moved to Colorado Springs for much further R&D by Accucode's 3D printing divisions: Accucode 3D and The 3D Printing Store. 

Accucode's team of engineers and 3D printing experts will develop and test the 3D printed concrete along with the technique using the equipment for several types of renewable energy and civil infrastructure applications. “3D technology is in the process of disrupting how we make everything, including commercial construction. Accucode 3D and the 3D Printing Store are proud to partner with RCAM to lead the way,” said Accucode CEO Kevin Price.

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