Another example of how the space race will be won by young, innovators, DIY-rs and private companies with some help of 3d printing. Governments are slow and expensive.
This project was developed with help of Solid Concepts.
University of Arizona students create and successfully launch a rocket made up with several 3D printed parts. 3D printed circuit mounts, electronic housing boxes, booster fins, aft body structure and tailcone all contributed to creating a streamline model that caught big attention from aerospace companies and won awards.
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Group of students already made fully functional metal printed rocket engine suitable for much larger rockets:
|Parts printed in ULTEM thermoplastics. Temperatures of engine blast get up to 1500 C but the structure holds.|