Australia becomes the first country to develop world’s first 3D Printed Jet Engine on 26th Feb, 2015.
The engine will be used in flight tests within the next 12 months and it will get certified for commercial use within the next two to three years.
Who developed 3D Printed Jet Engine?
Engineers at Monash University and its commercial arm developed the first 3D printed jet engine.
These engineers are making top-secret prototypes for Boeing Co, Airbus Group NV, Raytheon Co and Safran SA in a development that could be the savior of Australia’s struggling manufacturing sector.
What is 3D Printing?
3D printing is a process to manufacture 3D solid objects from a digital file. The creation of such 3D objects needs Additive Processes in which object is created by laying down successive layer of material until the whole is created.
How does 3D Printing work and How it will work in Jet Engine?
The 3D printing is initiated with making a virtual design of the Jet Engine. This virtual design is usually made in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file using a 3D modeling program or with the use of a 3D scanner.
This scanner makes a 3D digital copy of an object (Jet Engine) and puts it into a 3D modeling program.
Now the software slices the model into hundreds or thousands of horizontal layers. When this prepared file is uploaded in the 3D printer, the printer creates the object layer by layer. The 3D printer reads every slice (or 2D image) and proceeds to create the object blending each layer together with no sign of the layering visible, resulting in one three dimensional object.