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NASA has successfully completed the first test printed on the 3D-printer rocket engine
The essence of the 3D-printing technology is the use of special printer settings that employ plastic or in some cases another material to create a finished three-dimensional object. For example, in the production of the additive for the production of the necessary details of using multiple layers of metallic dust that fills in the form of a special laser.
NASA has repeatedly expressed support for 3D-printing technology, is going to send to the ISS 3D-printer and even the sponsoring projects on development of technology 3D-print food for future Mars colonists. The latest news in the field of three-dimensional printing was the information that NASA uses this technology to build a rocket engine.
The agency reports that the first test of such an engine, some parts of which were actually created by using 3D-printing technology, has successfully completed. Rocket engine nozzle assembly is one of the most difficult and costly process. In NASA confident that 3D-printing will reduce the cost of production by more than 70 percent. The space agency continues to study the issue and are actively looking for ways to apply new technology to build the other parts.
The first tests were partially printed engine in an enclosed chamber and included tests using liquid oxygen and hydrogen gas. Nevertheless, the first test in real conditions (in real flight) Agency plans to start in 2017.
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