Fire & Laser Beams: 3D Printing a New Space Age
Additive manufacturing, commonly referred to as 3D printing, is changing what is possible in rocket propulsion. What used to be hundreds of painstakingly assembled pieces, can now be printed as a single, elegant component. This is breaking down the barriers to greater engine performance, quicker time to market, and lower costs. Despite being around since the 1980s, additive manufacturing is having a renaissance, with new injections of capital leading to new capabilities and applications. Applying these findings to engine development and beyond will transform the space industry.
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