Jan 11, 2017 | By Tess
Sometimes it seems as though 3D printing technologies are hurtling forwards at rocket speed, with new materials, systems, and software being developed on the regular. Today, this could not be more true. Rocket Crafters, Inc., a Florida-based aerospace tech developer, has just been granted a U.S. patent for its innovative method of designing and 3D printing safe, high-performance fuel grains for hybrid rocket engines. According to the company, 3D printing will be used to manufacture the rocket combustion chamber, which will in turn cut down significantly on launch costs. The patent was given to Ronald Jones, President & CTO of RCI.
The newly patented 3D printing fuel technology is being integrated into RCI’s Intrepid-1, heralded as the “world’s first mass-producible orbital launch vehicle powered by rocket engines.” Thanks to the patent, the aerospace company says it is well on its way to putting its innovative rocket motors into orbital vehicles by as early as 2019.
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