NASA tests 3D printed rocket parts

Victor Barreiro Jr.
NASA takes stock of a successful test of a 3D printed rocket injector

TESTING A NEW BUILD. NASA tests its 3D-printed injector. Photo by NASA/MSFC/David Olive

MANILA, Philippines – The rise of 3D printing as a viable alternative for building and creating things beyond robotic prostheses takes another step forward thanks to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

NASA used 3D printing, specifically a process called direct metal laser sintering, to create and test a rocket injector.

According to NASA’s announcement, the injector “delivers propellants to power an engine and provides the thrust necessary to send rockets to space.”

The test showed that this latest version of their 3D-printed rocket parts “produced 10 times more thrust than any injector previously fabricated using 3-D printing.”

The early test data also notes that the injector performed flawlessly while under pressures of up to 1,400 pounds per square inch absolute and temperatures of nearly 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

The hope with further testing is that NASA can produce quality rocket parts while saving money in the process.-

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.