A consortium working to shorten cycle times for blade manufacturers was among five recipients recognized by the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII).
Led by Green Dynamics, the other organizations involved in the blade research effort include MetaMorph; University of Delaware; Vanderbilt University; PTC; MSC Software Corp.; and Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory, according to DMDII, a research effort spearheaded by the Underwriters Laboratories.
According to DMDII, the partners will work together to integrate a suite of analysis tools under a common, intuitive user interface specifically focused on wind turbines. Successful implementation of this software approach will reduce barriers to entry for smaller composite material developers and shorten cycle times for current manufacturers – all while providing a comprehensive cost and manufacturing model to prevent overruns.
The five research awards are valued at more than $7 million, says DMDII, which notes major U.S. manufacturers, small and midsize businesses, software development firms, and academic institutions are all involved in advancing the field of digital manufacturing and design.