How Vestas Manufactures Windmills with 3D Printed Jigs and Fixtures
December 01, 2020
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Manufacturing massive sustainable energy solutions requires equally massive tools to do the job. When Vestas needed to replace the jigs and fixtures that help construct their towering windmills, they turned to BigRep for a large-format additive manufacturing system to produce the tooling they need. Vestas has found that while the wear and tear of industrial work on traditionally metal jigs and fixtures could deform tooling in ways that cause faulty construction, plastic tooling manufactured with their BigRep STUDIO won't.
Join Vestas' Principal Engineer, Jeremy Haight, as he discusses the resounding success of implementing 3D printed tooling and molds in the manufacturing of their renewable energy systems.
- Why 3D-printed plastic tooling improved Vestas’ production quality
- How in-house production helps to improve factory equipment on demand
- Why manufacturing equipment is the “sweet spot” for 3D-printed, low-volume mass production
- How hybrid 3D printing can bridge the gap for ultra-high-strength applications
Principal Engineer, Vestas
Jeremy Haight is the principal engineer of industrial automation, additive manufacturing, and emerging technologies at Vestas, a global leader in sustainable energy solutions, including wind turbines. Haight manages the 3D printers and is responsible of developing innovative solutions to drive new design possibilities, streamline manufacturing, and improve environmental sustainability.
Frank Marangell is the President of BigRep America Inc. and CBO for BigRep GmbH, a global leader of large-format 3D printers and additive solutions. Marangell manages all U.S. operations for the German-based company, in addition to his role on the executive team where he leads global sales in North America, Europe and Asia.