Watch NASA’s 3D Printed Rocket Injector, Made of Merely 2 Parts, Come to Life!

By: | September 26th, 2014

NASA has been experimenting with 3D printing for some time now, but their latest project represents a major advancement in the use of 3D printing for rocket parts.

Building one rocket injector typically takes NASA 163 parts to manufacture, a number that was reduced to 2 parts in the 3D-printed rocket injector the agency recently tested.

Rocket injectors are responsible for shooting fuel into a rocket engine so while it would be wonderful to reduce costs with 3D-printing, reliability is paramount.

NASA’s 3D printed rocket injector was able to survive a 6,000-degree Fahrenheit test-firing at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and NASA caught it all on video.

Watch the 3D printed rocket injector come to life:

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