World’s first 3D-printed jet engine developed in Australia

Researchers from Australia’s Monash University have created world’s first 3 Dimensional (3D) printed jet engine.

The first of kind 3D printed engine was developed by team of researchers from Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing in partnership with spin-out company Amaero Engineering.

Process of Production

  • The jet engine was created using innovative additive manufacturing technique. Firstly, the scanned computer models of engines were created by the researchers.
  • Then the 3D printing machine incorporated with high-powered laser fused the nickel, titanium or aluminium into the shape of engine parts.

Significance of this development

  • It opens the door for engineers to make and test parts of jet engines in days instead of months.
  • It will also help engineers to manufacture cheaper, lighter and more fuel-efficient jet engines.

About 3D printing technology

  • 3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file with extreme precision.
  • This technology is also termed additive manufacturing as the 3D printed object is created us additive processes.
  • In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of manufacturing material on each other until the entire object is created.
  • This technology has limitless possibilities and can create almost anything with just raw material and a computer generated model.

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