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Part 1: Green Technology ~ Wind Turbines and CNC

Posted by Bert Maes on July 2, 2009


Waves of innovation

This is one of those charts I’ll love to use. It deserves some further research and clarification, so I’ll write a few posts on the role of CNC machining in the next “waves of innovation”.

Part 1: Green Technology ~ Wind Turbines and CNC

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine tools are vital in the wind turbine industry.

CNC machines are actually big computers to shape steel, aluminium, titanium or plastic into critical components of the wind turbine. From the smallest pieces to the giant parts: all are one or two steps away from CNC machining.

CNC technologists first create or review a CAD/CAM computer model for the specific wind turbine part to be made. Next, they load the program in the machine, they select the tools and equipment needed to shape the piece, and calculate where to cut or drill.

They use their knowledge and skills in materials, computers and machine tools to produce the part to extremely precise specifications.

Wind Turbine Elements

It must be extremely rewarding to design technology and create solutions that are very relevant in society and make a real difference for our future.

Don’t you think?

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Following soon:

Part 2 might be: Green Technology ~ Nano-engineering and CNC

Part 3 could be: Green Technology ~ Solar Power and CNC

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