Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:56AM
Australian researchers create world's first 3D printed jet engine
Australian researchers create world's first 3D printed jet engine
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Researchers from Monash University have printed two engines and put one of them on display at the International Air Show in Melbourne, Victoria.

The 3D printed jet engines could lead to cheaper, lighter and more fuel-efficient jets.

The team created engine parts, using printers that spread a very thin layer of metal powder across a base plate.

A laser then formed the required shape, using a computer-generated outline. The process was repeated over and over again until the part was completed.

It’s worth mentioning that Australia has one of the only three necessary large format 3D-metal printers in the world. France and Germany have the other two.

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