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