Propulsion systems engineer Greg Barnett prepares a rocket injector for a hot fire test (Image: NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given)
Engineers prepare for a hot-fire test of a 3-D printed rocket (Image: NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given)
Hot-fire test of a 3D printed rocket part (Image: NASA/MSFC/NASA/David Olive)
NASA has shown a keen interest in 3D printed rocket components lately with a series of tests that have had considerable success, with printed parts in test firings working as well as those made by conventional methods. In the latest test firing on August 22, the largest 3-D printed rocket engine component yet tested by NASA withstood ten times the thrust previously generated by an engine using printed components.
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