Wonders of 3D printing: 10 uncommon things printed in 3D
Speaking of cool things that fly, NASA has given the green light to a 3D-printed rocket engine injector crafted by Aerojet Rocketdyne.
Typically, an injector takes a year or more to build. But by employing 3D printing, that process can be reduced to less than four months while also cutting costs by 70 percent, according to NASA.
Printing an injector shows how secure NASA is with 3D printing. It's not only costly, but also the heart of a rocket engine, according to Aerojet.
Truly an opportunity to revolutionize space travel and exploration, NASA is so supporting 3D printing that it recently announced plans to send a 3D printer to the International Space Station (ISS). The printer by Made in Space is just larger than a shoe box and has a metal shell with a glass window so the ISS crew can monitor its progress.
The printer is currently undergoing microgravity testing. Think of how handy this could be on the ISS or even during space flight. Had the crew of Apollo 13 had a 3D printer, their lives and mission would not have been dependent on what they could jury-rig with the odds and ends available to them.