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A 3-D Printed Rocket Engine From NASA

The magicians over at NASA have worked their secret magics in their secretive labs again, and created a 3-D printed rocket engine–and it actually works.

It’s not really secret, nor is it magic, but it might as well be. The process behind ecological 3-D printing is absolutely incredible, and will one day bring us printed houses, printed jets, and even printed food. Right now, however, we’ll stick with on-demand jet engines.

At the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, researchers used laser-melting tools to heat metallic powders and fuse them into shape. Though the entire crafting process took four months, it’s still 8 months faster and 70 percent cheaper than previous methods for printing these types of components.


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Most analysts believe that we’ll be using 3-D printers to build entire spacecraft, space stations, and more in the future. Need a new booster engine? No problem, just fly into the 3-D printer in space and they’ll fix you up with a new one. Pretty neat, isn’t it?

After building the rocket engine, NASA engineers test fired it and made sure it met standards for spaceflight. Naturally, it did, marking a new step towards the aforementioned future of 3-D printers in space.


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This new manufacturing trend has swept the globe with exciting developments, controversy, and most importantly, a new sense of ecological creativity. With stores cropping up centered around 3-D printing, and large manufacturers turning to the light side of ecological construction, the industry doesn’t seem to show signs of slowing down.

We’ve even begun turning to more natural 3-D printing using silkworms to create domes and other building complexes, albeit using a more time-consuming process.


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It looks like our prediction for the year 2025 might end up at least partially becoming a reality. We still have our fingers crossed on the vacuum-tubes.

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