German power plant saves millions thanks to 3D printed turbine components

November 11, 2016

A heating power plant near Berlin, Germany is pioneering the use of 3D printed parts in its operations and has so far demonstrated promising results.


Just over a year ago, the Berlin Mitte power plant, operated by Swedish power company Vattenfall, began integrating 3D printing technology into its processes through the implementation of 3D printed first-stage heat shields and first-stage vanes in its GE natural gas turbine. The 3D printed parts have not only been manufactured more efficiently than standard ones, but have also proven to be more efficient, resulting in millions of dollars saved.

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