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Launcher’s Adventure Building Commercial Rockets Using 3D Printed Engines

Spending on space exploration is booming. We have seen many ambitious private endeavors come onto the scene in the last few years, from building and launching satellites into Low Earth…

Auburn University Receives NASA Contract to Develop 3D Printing Techniques to Improve Liquid Rocket Engines

Back in 2015,  Auburn University and NASA signed a Space Act Agreement for the purposes of exploring and advancing additive manufacturing applications and research together. The university has remained committed to 3D printing, and…

Interview with Patrik Ohldin of Open Source Metal 3D Printing Company Freemelt

I’ve known Patrik Ohldin for a long time as a supremely knowledgeable metal printing guy. He’s been working in metal 3D printing for over 14 years, 12 of those as…

Australian Researchers Design, Build, and Test-Fire 3D Printed Rocket Engine in Four Months

The race to a complete, 3D printed rocket engine is on – NASA has been working for years to develop a fully 3D printed rocket engine, and this summer Rocket…

3D Printing News Briefs: August 22, 2017

We’re talking about everything from business and 3D printing materials to outer space in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs. Using a new digital platform, thyssenkrupp has connected all of the machines…

Vector Has Another Successful Test Flight of the Vector-R Launch Vehicle, Featuring a 3D Printed Engine Injector

In May, Vector Space Systems, headquartered in Arizona, launched a successful test flight of its Vector-R launch vehicle engineering model. The Vector-R, which features a 3D printed engine injector, was…

Aerojet Rocketdyne Completes Critical Design Review for AR1 Engine with 3D Printed Rocket Engine Injectors

In early 2016, rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne was the recipient of a $6 million contract from the US Air Force to define 3D printed rocket engine component…

Tri-D Dynamics Set to Use 3D Printers to Make Small, Less Expensive Rocket Engines for Smallsats

According to one of the Purdue University graduate students who recently co-founded a startup that has big plans for 3D printers, the West Lafayette, Indiana university is “one of the…

Look Out, NASA – Here Comes Vulcan-1! Students Successfully Launch Rocket With Fully 3D Printed Engine

Sorry, NASA, you’ve been usurped – for the moment, anyway. It’s no secret that the agency has been working towards building a rocket engine made completely from 3D printed parts,…

NASA Gives Aerojet Rocketdyne $1.6 Billion Contract for New, Improved, 3D Printed RS-25 Engines

Aerojet Rocketdyne has a long history with NASA.  The aerospace and defense company has been supplying the agency with engines and rocket launchers since the early days of space travel; Aerojet’s…

NASA Successfully Tests 3D Printed F-1 Rocket Engine Component

The latest in a string of successful 3D printed engine part tests was just recently completed by NASA, adding more proof that metal 3D printing is becoming a viable and…

3D Printed Monolithic Ceramic Thruster for Rocket Engine Survives Hot Fire Testing

Space and advanced technology certainly go hand-in-hand, and additive manufacturing is certainly taking its place among the stars. Well–at least near-space. We’ve seen developments in AM techniques lead to prototypes…

Dassault Systèmes Takes Major Step in Improving Upon the 3D Printing of Aerospace Parts

The 3D printing / additive manufacturing industry continues to grow at a rapid rate. As the technology behind 3D printers advance, so too does the the possibilities of what the…

3D Printing May Help Reduce United States’ Reliance on Russian Rockets

3D printing enters the arenas of international diplomacy and outer space as US and Russian relations chill and the Pentagon seeks alternatives to previous high-tech trade arrangements. With the turmoil…