posted on Jul, 16 2013 @ 01:48 PM
The test part was smaller than would be used in a full-size rocket, but large enough to test it could withstand the heat and pressure involved.
Nasa said the component would normally have taken a year to make because of the exact measurements involved, but by using SLM the manufacturing time
was cut to less than four months and the price reduced by more than 70%.
Read on at BBC...
I remember when the first 3D handgun was printed, alot of people were like "meh, it's useless", or "you can't print anything other than plastic
sh*t with it. It seems that the technology is advancing very fast, as NASA produced a fully working item that usually takes a year to make, and now
only took 4 months for the same process. What is more important, is the significant price reduction of 70%. Imagine, if a launch into space and all
the telescopes cost 70% less! The $1 bn. Hubble Telescope could have been launched for just $300 m.!
Just imagine, how far can this actually cut down the costs, and how much faster can we speed it up? We may be able to 3D "print" whole new rockets
for $100,000 within a week!
The real question now, is this: How fast will the technology advance? How soon will we be printing whole rockets? I imagine this may happen as early
as 2015, to be honest. I remember when the first 3D printed gun was printed, I was highly sceptical...but we can now build FULLY FUNCTIONING
ROCKET ENGINE PARTS
that can withstand the pressures. Furthermore, it can do it faster than conventional methods, therefore eliminating the
need for more workers, and cutting down the workforce...which leads me to another...reality...How soon will Additive Manufacturing replace current