HRL Laboratories, known for developing high-performance circuits, data extraction, and communications technology, has received an award from NASA that will allow them to 3D-print ceramic rocket engine components.
ONE PART AT A TIME IN A ROCKET SHIP
Nasa awarded HRL Labolatories for developing process of 3D-printing ceramic components. This company develop its process of 3D-printing ceramic components. This 3D-print ceramic will used by rocket engine components, that will be used by micro satellite startup Vector.
NASA that will allow them to 3D-print ceramic rocket engine components. HRL Laboratories, known for developing high-performance circuits, data extraction, and communications technology.
“With our new 3D printing process we can take full advantage of the many desirable properties of this silicon oxycarbide ceramic, including high hardness, strength and temperature capability as well as resistance to abrasion and corrosion,” said program manager Dr. Tobias A. Schaedler last year.”
3D-PRINTED UP AND AWAY TO THE HEAVEN
With NASA Award, HRL can improve their 3D-Printing technology, and process their ceramic part. For now, the company’s success is especially beneficial to NASA, which will both reducions in cost and development time. This is due to the relatively lower cost of the preceramic resin, which also easier and more flexible to use than other material.
“High-temperature ceramics are notoriously difficult to process with conventional methods,” explained Schaedler, in a press release. “3D printing could completely change what ceramic parts look like and where they are applied in rocket engines.”
For this HRL will work with Micro-Spacecraft Company Vector for designing new rocket engine. Determine how the 3D-Printed components can be incorporate int its own line. Such as launch vehicles, rocket. Vector R and Vector H. Vector expert comprised for several industry from SpaceX, Boeing, and other. Vector had successful launch their Vector-R prototype, and aims to become more affordable and least restrictive commercial spaceflight in the world.