World’s Largest 3D Printed Rocket Engine

Space startup Orbex has revealed the world’s largest 3D printed rocket engine. The Orbex prototype of the Stage 2 rocket is made from a specially-formulated lightweight carbon fiber and aluminium composite. It includes the world’s largest 3-D printed rocket engine. Orbex Prime launchers are up to 30% lighter and 20% more efficient than any other …

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3D Printed Bioimplants Repaired Spinal Cords and Restored Motor Function

3D printed implants are soft bridges that guide new nerve cells to grow across a tear or break in an injured spinal cord and restored movement. The work has so far shown promise in rats with severe spinal cord injury. The implants are hydrogel structures that can be rapidly 3D printed into different sizes and …

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3D Atomic Quantum Chips and Advance to Eventual Large Scale Quantum Tech

Australia’s New South Wales scientists have adapted single atom technology to build 3D silicon quantum chips – with precise interlayer alignment and highly accurate measurement of spin states. The 3D architecture is considered a major step in the development of a blueprint to build a large-scale quantum computer. They aligned the different layers in their …

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Agile Space working on 3D printing small rocket thrusters

Agile Space Propulsion is working design and manufacture rocket engines using 3D printing technology. They are focused on 3D printing thrusters. Agile Space Propulsion has already developed a 100-pound thruster and is currently working on a five-pound one. They have already developed a prototype thruster for a lunar lander for NASA. The company is currently …

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HP 3D metal printers are 50X more productive for final parts

HP Metal Jet printers are up to 50x more productive, delivering low-cost, high-quality final parts. New Metal Jet Production Service opens up world of applications to global customers; Partnerships with GKN Powder Metallurgy, Parmatech, Volkswagen, Wilo and more. HP today also launched the Metal Jet Production Service, enabling customers around the world to rapidly iterate …

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NASA 3D Printed Mars Habitat Design winners

NASA announced winners of the 3D printed Mars habitat design challenge. They had both exterior and interior designs. Team Zopherus from Rogers, Arkansas, was the first-place winner of Phase 3: Level 1 of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. The team’s design includes using a moving printer that deploys rovers to retrieve local materials. They had three …

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DARPA wants to speed up computers by over 1000 times while using less power

DARPA has revealed the research teams selected to drive two efforts to go beyond Moore’s law. DARPA’s $1.5 billion Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) wants to jumpstart innovation in the electronics industry. Three Dimensional Monolithic System-on-a-Chip (3DSoC) program has groups from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Skywater Technology Foundry …

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3D Printed studio scale model of Discovery from 2001 Space Odyssey

3D printing has come a long way and this can be seen in a hyper-detailed one-tenth studio scale model of the Discovery spaceship from the 2001 movie. The prototype 3D printed model is more like movie prop replica. It photo etched and has resin parts added. It is high-end $13,000 model. It will be available …

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Lockheed 3D printing titanium space parts using garage sized printer

Lockheed is 3D printing titanum fuel tank for Lockheed Martin’s largest satellites. Using this manufacturing method, tank delivery time went down from two years to three months (nine times faster) and they are no longer wasting 80% of the materials. The titanium tank consists of three parts welded together: two 3-D printed domes that serve …

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