Last August 27, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) once again proved that with modern’s technological advancement, everything is possible.
The above statement was triggered with the series of testing done by NASA with regards to the 3D printed rocket parts. They have tested 3D-printed turbo pump that comprises the actual spacecraft weight, projecting 45 percent of it.
While it is given that 3D printing is making a big leap in today’s era; waving hello to different fields like communications, education, electronics and manufacturing, the fact that this technology is now being embraced by aeronautics is really surprising. The project is paving the way for the creation of entire rocket.
The said complex testing of 3D-printed rocket engine parts has gone through 15 tests to replicate the force and environment whereby 35,000 of rocket thrust causes. It carries 2,000 horsepower for turbine, projecting almost double with what NASCAR engine has. 3D printing opened for bigger possibility of future spacecraft designs.
Mary Beth Kolebl, Marshall’s Propulsion System Department further explained that fuel pump and other rocket parts testing with additive manufacturing leads to the realization of the organization’s aim. And that is to lower the risks and reduce the costs that building rocket engines poses.
Also, Nick Case, one of the turbopump engineers working for NASA stressed out that a certain rocket part is finished with a span of 4 years but with this advent in 3D printing, it will be lessen into two years.
Original Article here: NASA’s 3D-Printed Rocket Parts Actually Work