Monash University Just 3D Printed Two Metal Jet Engines
By John Vibes | True Activist
Engineers at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia recently made history by 3D printing 2 whole metal jet engines.
One of the engines is currently on display at the International Air Show in Avalon, Victoria, Australia, and the other is at Microtubo (Safran), a French aerospace company.
“It was our chance to prove what we could do, but when we reviewed the plans we realised that the engine had evolved over years of manufacture. So we took the engine to pieces and scanned the components. Then we printed two copies,” Professor Xinhua Wu, director of the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing said in a statement.
“It was a challenge for the team and pushed the technology to new heights of success – no one has printed an entire engine commercially yet,” explained project participant Ben Batagol.
The project was created by the world’s largest selective laser sintering 3D printer.
Last month, we reported that a Chinese construction company named WinSun 3D printed a huge five-story apartment building and a 11,840 square foot mansion.
Video: Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing
The Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing takes fundamental research from a broad range of disciplines and applies them to manufacturing challenges. These disciplines include material science, alloy design and processing, surface engineering, corrosion and hybrid materials.