Westinghouse install 3D plugging device in Byron Unit 1

14 May 2020

Westinghouse Electric Company announced that a 3D-printed thimble plugging device was successfully installed in Exelon’s Byron Unit 1 nuclear plant during their spring refueling outage. It is a first-of-a-kind installation for the nuclear industry. 

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is an innovative technique that simplifies the manufacturing process by going directly from the 3D model to an actual part. Additive manufacturing reduces cost, improves quality and design flexibility, and eliminates conventional manufacturing limitations.