Amaero has featured in the Sydney Morning Herald for having manufactured the world’s first 3D printed jet engine.
The jet engine, the first ever to be produced with a 3D printer, was made using a high-powered laser and fused powdered nickel, titanium or aluminium into the shape of objects layer by layer.
The development of the jet engine began two years ago, when Amaero engineers and Monash University researchers joined forces to answer a challenge from French aerospace giant Safran.
“They gave us an old engine, we pulled it apart and then part by part we’ve been manufacturing it for them,” Amaero’s business development manager Ben Batagol said.
The 3D printed jet engine featured several functional improvements to its traditionally manufactured counterpart:
- Reduced production time
- Consolidation of multi-part assemblies into single components
- Less material waste
- Weight saving
Amaero believes this development will open the door for engineers to make and test parts in days instead of months.