Category Archives: rocket

Australian researchers launch explosive $2 million 3D printer materials partnership

The Australian government has awarded 5 research institutions $2 million USD ($2.6 million AUD) to develop additive manufacturing technology for “energetic materials”. Reactive in content, energetic materials cover a body of polymers that can be used as explosives, or solid rocket fuel. 3D printing the materials gives military and defense operations the potential to reduce […]

Skyrora propels UK space missions with 3D printed rocket parts

UK government aims to capture 10% of the global space market by 2030, and with a combination of private sector enterprise and advanced manufacturing (including 3D printing), a few companies have begun the countdown towards that target. Skyrora is a privately-funded launch vehicle developer with sites in Edinburgh, London, and the Ukrainian city of Dnipro. It aims […]

NASA test fires largest 3D printed part to date for future trip to Mars

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) project, scheduled for launch between 2022 and 2023, is on track to be the most 3D printing inclusive rocket to date. With the help of Aerojet Rocketdyne, a company that has applied 3D printing to the fabrication of 16 shuttle engines, the agency has been reducing the weight of components in […]

NASA engineers test first multi-alloy 3D printed rocket part

Toward the development of its next generation space exploration vehicles, NASA has significantly ramped up efforts to incorporate 3D printing in component design. In July, the administration’s engineers performed 30 firing tests of a bi-metallic 3D printed rocket igniter at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. After analysis at the University of Alabama, researchers found […]

3D printed materials research opens up the possibilities of carbon fiber structures

A team of researchers in Russia have published a paper that uses 3D printing to unlock the potential of carbon fiber composite materials. The materials …

Students launch rocket with printed engine

A team of students at the University of California San Diego beat some of the world’s biggest space agencies and launched a rocket with a 3D printed engine on May 21st. The university’s Students for the Exploration and Development of Space launched the 19-foot Vulcan-1 that produces 750lb of thrust from an engine that runs on liquid Oxygen and Kerosene. NASA and Rocket Lab making strides 3D printed rocket parts have been in the press of late as NASA recently unveiled its revolutionary turbopump. Rocket Lab produced all the primary parts for its rocket that will carry satellites into space from a launch site in New Zealand on a 3D printer and Space X uses them too. This team of students has stolen their thunder a little with a rocket that is just eight inches in diameter. They claim it is the first rocket with a 3D printed engine to actually take off, but it didn’t actually make it to space. So there are still laurels there for the taking. Additive printing ideal for aerospace 3D printing has revolutionized the aerospace industry, which works to its strengths. A rocket is a constantly evolving design and the R&D team needs to be able to make precise changes, replace a part and test it as quickly as possible. In times gone by, a project could be held up for days while an […]

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