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Free professional wind turbine blade

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Build the prototype of a wind turbine blade with fiber glass, cardboard, software, tools and affordable or free materials.

Beware my friend, it's a loooong and detailed instructable since professional wind turbine have many parameters to take in account.
After that we'll jump, and backflip like ninjas with file formats to land in 123D Make and finally build this blade.
With all this you're (almost) ready to start manufacturing wind turbines :)

My goal is to show that a high tech industrial product can be made with a few tools, limited material and some knowledge (tricks?) and I hope to physically help make this kind of development in some parts of the world where you can't afford to buy such high end products but need them to generate green energy for local community development.

If you find this project green, worth a laser cutter, simply useful or beautiful, please vote for it by clicking on the "vote" button at the upper right corner of this page. It's really appreciated.

Materials needed:
Cardboard  (or MDF) of the same thickness and in good condition (not pressed or compressed) 594x840mm minimum.
A wood stick of section 30x30mm and 600mm long minimum.
Laser cutter or brand new scalpel or knife, to cut properly and without compressing cardboard (or scroll saw for MDF).
Laser cutter or table saw for cutting wood stick (or jigsaw).
Non permanent spray adhesive (in DIY store).
Fiberglass: Roving 500g / m² and 200g / m², with carbon fiber if possible, or designed for wind turbines ideally
Epoxy Resin (laminating epoxy to prevent vapors from polyester and to master drying).
Printer and paper (or layer).
Calipers (just to measure some thickness).
If using a scalpel, a cutting mat to make precise and clean cut.

Software requirements (to be installed on your computer):
Heliciel (proprietary, http://heliciel.com)
jCAE 0.16 (open source, https://sourceforge.net/projects/jcae/files/jcae/0.16.0/)
Visorium (french, freeware, http://5axes.free.fr/Visorium3D.htm)
Autodesk 123D Make (freeware, http://www.123dapp.com/make)
Adobe Reader (version 10 minimum to print posters)

 
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phmanzano (author) 1 year ago
I replied through messages but I prefer to add it here to be clear:
Heliciel is bilingual, as you can see in screenshots in this instructable.
If you installed it in french, simply open menu "Affichage">"Selectionner language" and select "English", then reopen it.

Visiorum is only in french. But it's just used for one step, if you find another free english software doing the same job (or better from igs to stl), please let me know.
phmanzano (author) 1 year ago
Updates:
- Added the 123D Make model in 3D view on first page (you can download it by clicking on 123D logo)
- swf screencasts files are visible within Instructables by clicking them in steps 7, 10 and 16.
lmorgan167 months ago
Wow u guys are good somebody like me have no clue.
wonderful instruct-able, well written and great results. Thanks for sharing!
phmanzano (author)  goodforcatfish1 year ago
Thanks!
English is not my mother tongue and I didn't ask for revision so I really appreciate.
You deserve it!!
Henkie1 year ago
I looked at the software from http://heliciel.com. But it is too expensive. Isn't there a freeware version of it?
phmanzano (author)  Henkie1 year ago
If you find a free (OS, freeware) wind turbine design software, feel free to share it with the community.
phmanzano (author)  Henkie1 year ago
Please note that I added the PDF at the end so you can still print this blade. I also wanted to add the igs file but no luck.
Look closely on Heliciel website you might find an interesting deal :)
What's the price in US$ ?
spyder5501 year ago
MDF is extremely heavy. Try using balsa sandwiched between layers of fiberglass. I used to be QC at Modular Wind Energy and that's how we made the ribs and the skins.
phmanzano (author)  spyder5501 year ago
Thanks spyder550,
You're right, what I had in mind was more basic material for a prototype. Something found anywhere, I have hard time to find balsa wood except in hobbyist stores.
Did you also worked on molded blades by chance?