ACE Award | Fiberglass-Graphene-Polypropylene 3D Printing Filament Made from Decommissioned Wind Turbine Blades

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Originally Aired - Tuesday, October 18 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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Location: ACE Pavilion


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Title: ACE Award | Fiberglass-Graphene-Polypropylene 3D Printing Filament Made from Decommissioned Wind Turbine Blades

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Design: Innovation in Green Composites Design

Company: Windfall, Inc.

Description: Utilizing its proprietary composites recycling technology, Windfall, Inc. has reclaimed fiberglass from a decommissioned wind blade and converted the material into a fiberglass-reinforced, graphene-enhanced polypropylene filament for 3D printing. This filament was then used to produce an operational multi-rotor drone as a typical application demonstration. With Windfall's recycling technology and the power of additive manufacturing, an end-of-life wind blade (or other fiberglass composite) can now become just about anything in a 2nd lifecycle, high-value composite product. Our 20wt% recycled fiber filament versus virgin based AM filaments currently on the market simultaneously reduces carbon footprint and diverts plastic waste from landfill.

Type of Organization: Material Supplier

Product Function: (a) As an alternative to current virgin fiberglass-polypropylene filaments, the product would have comparable end-uses in transportation, prototyping, and fixtures. (b) The filament product would be used on a conventional FDM 3d printer. (c) This product not only carries the existing benefits of chemically-resistant, moisture resistant, UV-resistant, and light weight reinforced polypropylene filament, but does so with a lower carbon footprint versus virgin fiber based materials.

Resin Type: Thermoplastic

Type: ACE Awards


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