3D printing has been making headlines left and right lately – take for example our recent article on the 3D printed car. Today NASA makes news by implementing 3D printing for rocket parts that can handle 20,000 pounds of thrust!
NASA created an injector plate using 3D printing which has helped to produce around 20,000 pounds of thrust on a test bed. Modifying an existing machine injector NASA was able to create a 3D printed injector plate using 2 parts rather than the 115 it usually takes. The newly constructed part will hopefully one day play a role in significantly reducing costs for NASA as well as decrease the complexity required during production.