Media advance DOE funding for Composites Center’s wind turbine blade mold research

Renews, Manufacturing Global, The Maine Edge, 3-D Printing Network and CompositesWorld highlighted the Department of Energy awarding $2.8 million to the Advance Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine to develop a rapid, low-cost additive manufacturing — 3D printing — solution for fabricating large, segmented wind blade molds. In addition, the UMaine Composites Center will collaborate on a $4 million award to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to apply robotic deposition of continuous reinforcing fibers in wind blades. AP, VillageSoup and other Maine media outlets also reported on the funding announcement.