3D printer Jet Engine

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Australis, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. Australis

    Australis Writer Admiral

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    Thought you guys might like this, it's pretty cool.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-26/australian-researchers-create-first-3d-jet-engine/6262462
     
  2. Stoo

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    Just to be clear that's just a small turbine working as an auxilliary power unit, not something that would actually propel an aircraft. But then it's just a proof of concept, and a rather impressive one too. I wonder how the properties of 3d-printed metal compare to traditional forging - a turbine\jet engine is a very demanding environment.
     
  3. Australis

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    I was wondering that too, I hope more details will filter out soon.
     
  4. Santaman

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    Turbines usually have Inconel or other nickel super alloy combustion chambers.. that stuff is almost indestructible and a real bitch to make things out of, if they can print that it would be a real feat... :wtf:
     
  5. Dryson

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    NASA is already testing 3D Engines and has had very good success. One day an entire 3D printed rocket will lift off from the planet with the first humans aboard.