Piece by Piece: NASA Team Moves Closer to Building a 3-D Printed Rocket Engine

By NASA A NASA team moved a step closer to building a completely 3-D printed, high-performance rocket engine by manufacturing complex engine parts and test firing them together with cryogenic liquid hydrogen and oxygen to produce 20,000 pounds of thrust. Additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, Read More »

The NASA insignia is one of the agency’s best-known symbols. Image Credit: NASA

NASA Selects Made In Space Proposal for Next Generation Space Manufacturing Program

NASA Headquarters has selected Made In Space, Inc. to lead the next phase in the ongoing development of in-space manufacturing November 19, 2015 – Mountain View, CA – NASA‘s Space Technology Mission Directorate announced its selection of the Made In Space project proposal for utilizing public-private Read More »

3D Printer (Photo courtesy of Made In Space)

NASA Tests Provide Rare Opportunity to Get 3-D Printed Part Comparison Data

By NASA Sept. 11, 2015-A key part of the F-1 engine — the rocket engine that propelled the Saturn V and sent men to Moon — just completed a series of tests that will provide new data for today’s rocket engine designers. While this rocket Read More »

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NASA and SME Collaborate at WESTEC 2015 to Build Opportunity for Manufacturing Industry

SME Technology Interchange featuring NASA technology will promote advanced manufacturing technology and increased industry collaboration   (LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1, 2015) – The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) will be featured at the SME Technology Interchange at WESTEC 2015, Sept. 15-17 at the Los Read More »

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Successful NASA Rocket Fuel Pump Tests Pave Way for 3-D Printed Demonstrator Engine

  One of the most complex, 3-D printed rocket engine parts ever made, a turbopump, got its “heartbeat” racing at more than 90,000 revolutions per minute (rpm) during a successful series of tests with liquid hydrogen propellant at NASA‘s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Read More »

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Auburn University and NASA sign Space Act Agreement on Additive Manufacturing

By Charles Martin, Auburn University 7/30/15 – Auburn University and NASA today signed a Space Act Agreement to explore and advance the applications of additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing. The signing took place during the university’s forum on additive manufacturing, a process that uses 3-D Read More »

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SEDS@UCSD Successfully Completes Final Hot-Fire Test for Additively Manufactured Rocket Engine

  June 9, 2014-On a very dry, hot Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry (FAR) launch site in California’s Mojave Desert, an undergraduate team from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Read More »

Vulcan-1 successful hot-fire test (Photo courtesy of SEDS@UCSD and AMazing)

NASA Challenges Designers to Construct Habitat for Deep Space Exploration

  WASHINGTON, May 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, known as America Makes, are holding a new $2.25 million competition to design and build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agency’s journey to Mars. The Read More »

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NASA 3-D Prints First Full-Scale Copper Rocket Engine Part

by NASA When you think of copper, the penny in your pocket may come to mind; but NASA engineers are trying to save taxpayers millions of pennies by 3-D printing the first full-scale, copper rocket engine part. “Building the first full-scale, copper rocket part with Read More »

This electron microscope image shows raw copper powder used to build the 3-D printed copper liner. Scientists at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where the alloy was invented, characterized the samples to understand how powder quality and characteristics impacted build qualities. Credits: NASA/GRC/Laura Evans