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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have long been fans of additive manufacturing and are strong supporters of this type of technology. The officials at NASA have realized that production costs can be reduced and manufacturing time decreased within the aerospace sector. The reason they know this is because they have been involved in developing and testing 3D printed parts for a while now.
NASA announced recently that it had partnered with Aerojet Rocketdyne who supplies energetics and also propulsion to the space industry. The importance of this partnership means that the technology of additive manufacturing is almost there, in terms of being fully utilized in mass production of aerospace components and parts.
The test components and products were created using additive manufacturing have already undergone strict and vigorous testing. All tests are displaying positive results. Due to the test being a success, it has clearly marked a boost in the real possibilities of additive manufacturing 3D printed parts in the creation of the rocket engine. This opens the door for larger parts and components to be created, tested, and used in other areas of space rocket design and development.
Three-dimensional printing has already been a success story in the car manufacturing industry; in fact, they have been using this technology for years! They tend to use the term rapid prototyping. Engineers have been manufacturing cars quickly, offering high quality due to the speed and efficiency of rapid prototyping.
As a society, we are a long way from printing off the newest version of our favorite car in our garages or backroom. However, this technology has shown anything is possible, especially with the rate at which 3D printing is progressing and developing.
The people, who scoff at this technology today, could very well be grateful for it tomorrow. Three-D printing has and still is affecting our leading industries such as healthcare, education and manufacturing all of which are businesses everyone comes in contact with at some point or another in their lifetime.