Exone end to end binder jetting service

Reindeer 3D Printed from Aluminum ‘Santa’ Superalloy for Christmas

INTAMSYS industrial 3d printing

Share this Article

Author Washington Irving once wrote about St. Nicholas “riding over the tops of the trees, in that self-same wagon wherein he brings his yearly presents to children.”

But any mention of the flying reindeer we’re all so familiar with as his transportation was lacking.

AM aluminum Reindeer on ornament

It’s thought that the first written account of reindeer hauling Santa around the globe on his annual trip came in 1821 with the publication of a 16-page booklet entitled, “A New Year’s Present, to the Little Ones from Five to Twelve Number III : The Children’s Friend.”

AM aluminum ReindeerIt set down the legend for good thusly:

“Old Santeclaus with much delight
His reindeer drives this frosty night.
O’er chimneytops, and tracks of snow,
To bring his yearly gifts to you.”

And so, reindeer became the aerospace vehicle of choice for Santa.

Some advanced materials experts at the University of Birmingham thought they’d update the legend with an aluminum, 3D laser printed reindeer, and it’s mighty cool.

Made with direct laser metal sintering, the body of this aluminum reindeer is constructed using a mesh-like structure like that used for applications in medical implants and structural aerospace parts.

Built by the University of Birmingham’s School of Metallurgy and Materials, this model of one of ‘eight tiny reindeer’ is only lacking a little aerodynamic fine-tuning and a GE propellant system to make Santa the happiest space explorer in history.

“The joy of Christmas brought to you by 3D printing, where in the future Santa could be printing your Christmas presents,” says Dr Moataz Attallah, one of the engineers who worked on Project Space Reindeer.

Santa in spaceAMPLab at U of Birmingham investigates advanced materials processing techniques for additive manufacturing, powder processing, and solid-state joining and on microstructure-property development in advanced materials.

Their work is done with ferrous alloys, titanium alloys, nickel superalloys, aluminum alloys, and, it appears, the Santa Superalloy from which this reindeer was wrought.

The reindeer was made in the Advanced Materials and Processing Lab at the University of Birmingham by 3D Printing Christmas Elves Dr. Hany Hassanin, Dr. Nick Adkins, and Dr. Luke Carter.

Share this Article


Recent News

3D Printing News Briefs, September 25, 2021: Partnerships, Software, & More

GE Additive Partnership to Establish BEAMIT Metal 3D Printing Powerhouse



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

3D Printed Injection Molding and Anisotropy Targeted by Covestro

Upon acquiring the Functional Materials unit of Royal DSM, Covestro has been busy developing new 3D printing materials for a variety of applications. These range from TPU for insoles to...

Featured

3D Printing Innovator’s Roundtable Webinar: Ditching DfAM and Embracing Design Freedom

In an industry where change is constant and unpredictable, professionals across the manufacturing industry have turned to additive manufacturing (AM) to overcome design and supply chain challenges. But conventional AM...

3D Printing News Briefs, September 11, 2021: Rocket Nozzles, Ghost Guns, & More

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, Stratasys is the first founding partner of nFrontier’s Emerging Technologies Center in Berlin, which is looking to become one of Europe’s top facilities of...

3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: September 5, 2021

Buckle up, it’s a busy week of webinars and events ahead! From oxygen content in titanium grades and 3D printed orthotics and prosthetics to saving money in the GrabCAD Shop...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.