NASA Uses 3D Printer to Produce Rocket Parts
Designing and testing rocket designs is incredibly expensive, but that is starting to change. NASA in partnership with Aerojet Rocketdyne, have created a 3D printing system that produces parts from metal. The parts can be printed using standard 3D geometry and are strong enough to stand up to the rigors of NASA testing. In some recent design work NASA produced a rocket engine injector using the metal 3D printer and have tested it in one of their industry tests. The printed injector stood up to the extreme test with no problems. This success opens the door for NASA engineers and scientists to test new designs and ideas at a faster pace with less cost. Other 3D metal printing concepts are being developed that could extend the capability even further.
The world is about to get a lot more interesting as 3D printers accelerate the speed of innovation in rockets, cars, and every other industry we can imagine.