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NASA 3D-Printed Rocket Engine Is Ready
7/31/2013

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne created a 3D-printed rocket engine using fused deposition modeling and stereolithography.  (Source: NASA)
NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne created a 3D-printed rocket engine using fused deposition modeling and stereolithography.
(Source: NASA)

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Elizabeth M
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No surprise, but still pretty innovative
Elizabeth M   7/31/2013 7:36:24 AM
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I know I shouldn't be surprised that a rocket engine was fabricated this way, but it still seems pretty incredible. The level of sophistication of new 3D printing methods, too, is impressive, and once again shows the sky is the limit with this technology. Good coverage, Cabe.

Cabe Atwell
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Re: No surprise, but still pretty innovative
Cabe Atwell   7/31/2013 7:33:11 PM
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Thanks!

All those printing hours for a one time use part... geez.

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shehan
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Re: No surprise, but still pretty innovative
shehan   7/31/2013 7:48:40 PM
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@ Elizabeth – Few years back printing was just mixing colors to get the picture on a paper, but now we have gone much beyond that. 

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Re: No surprise, but still pretty innovative
78RPM   7/31/2013 10:34:11 PM
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Yes, Elizabeth. My Montana kitchen imitates a time when someone just mixed a bunch of blue minerals (chromium ?) to get a color to add to the whitewash/lime. But, yes we have gone beyond Pantone color match at the hardware store to get to other world / artificial reality.  I like your comment because it is close to home.

78RPM
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Re: No surprise, but still pretty innovative
78RPM   7/31/2013 10:36:50 PM
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Oh, shehan, I meant to direct my previous comment to you.

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Re: No surprise, but still pretty innovative
a.saji   7/31/2013 10:47:43 PM
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@Shehan: Indeed and that shows the development of the technology itself. The technology has come a long way and the signs of improvement are visible now.

vimalkumarp
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Re: No surprise, but still pretty innovative
vimalkumarp   8/1/2013 2:22:00 AM
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it is incredible that a rocket engine was fabricated this way.  the most important point that i feel is that if you analyse the technology evolution, space technology has always been a pioneer. So any advancement in space will cause ripples in other domain and this is good for having solutions that will enhance quality of life. Thanks a lot Cabe for the blog.

Elizabeth M
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Re: No surprise, but still pretty innovative
Elizabeth M   8/1/2013 8:07:32 AM
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Indeed, vimalkumarp, NASA has had a hand in developing a lot of technologies that benefit the world, not just the space agency. With NASA innovating this way it makes sense that commercial technology will follow suit. This really holds a lot of promise for the rapid evolution of 3D printing, I think.

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vimalkumarp   8/1/2013 9:42:51 AM
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Your point that NASA has had a hand in developing a lot of technologies that benefit the world, not just the space agency is spot on. I am sure 3D printing has a bright future..

Elizabeth M
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Re: No surprise, but still pretty innovative
Elizabeth M   8/6/2013 9:27:58 AM
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Exactly, vimalkumarp, and NASA's investment in it will set a good precedent and hopefully inspire the commercial sector.

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