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To most, it may seem that the space industry hasn’t taken any big steps forward in recent years. Yet, many companies are investing astronomical amounts of money into R&D, hoping to create the next big thing in spaceflight.

To this end, recent developments in 3D printing, also referred to as additive manufacturing, has allowed it to become one of the most significant technologies making an impact on the aerospace industry.

Satellites have become a key focus of both scientists and engineers, allowing for advanced studies as well as more commercial uses, like worldwide internet systems. However, these satellites need a way to get into orbit, and the best method is still to use a rocket. Unfortunately, building a rocket and sending the payload into space is a very expensive thing to do.

Minimising the cost of building rockets has been an industry target for quite some time now. The key to achieving that goal is to make rockets more lightweight, more fuel-efficient, and cheaper to build. That’s where 3D printing comes in.

Large-scale metal-printed projects are built with robot arms that feed a thin metal wire to a laser that welds the material into place. Other ways to print metal use a laser or a beam of electrons to melt or fuse a bed of powder into layers of finished product.

The main advantage of 3D printing in the rocket-building business is providing the ability to reduce part count and make the production line flexible without the need to invest tens or even hundreds of millions into special tooling before manufacturing each design.

A rocket consists of tens of thousands of parts, making it a very complex product. With 3D printing, it’s possible to significantly reduce the part count of a rocket, bringing the cost down. In this way, we’re entering into a new era of cost-efficient rocket building and space business.

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