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

NASA, Industry Test “3D Printed” Rocket Engine Injector

by NASA NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne recently finished testing a rocket engine injector made through additive manufacturing (AM), or 3-D printing. This space technology demonstration may lead to more efficient manufacturing of rocket engines, saving American companies time and money. The tests were conducted at Read More »

Liquid oxygen/gaseous hydrogen rocket injector assembly built using additive manufacturing technology is hot-fire tested