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Last year, we helped the Monash University-led team present the first 3D printed ‘jet engine’ to the world at the Melbourne International Airshow. You can read the story about it here.
The collaboration that has developed between Safran Power Units, Monash University and Amaero Engineering has resulted in some substantial advances toward aerospace qualification of additive manufactured components.
Now they are taking their technology to the heart of Europe’s aerospace industry in Toulouse, France.
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The new rocket engine is a unique aerospike design which turns the traditional engine shape inside out.
Two years ago, Monash University researchers and their partners were the first in the world to print a jet engine, based on an existing engine design. That work led to Monash spin-out company Amaero winning contracts with major aerospace companies around the world.
Now a team of engineering researchers have jumped into the Space Age. They accepted a challenge from Amaero to design a rocket engine, Amaero printed their design, and the researchers test-fired it, all in just four months. Their joint achievement illustrates the potential of additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) for Australian industry.
A joint Monash University/Amaero team of engineers successfully designed, built, and tested a rocket engine in just four months
The engine is a complex multi-chamber aerospike design
Additively manufactured with selective laser melting on an EOS M280
Built from Hasteloy X; a high strength nickel based superalloy
Fuel: compressed natural gas (methane); oxidiser: compressed oxygen
Design thrust of 4kN (about 1,000 pounds), enough to hover the equivalent of five people (about 400 kg)
The 3D printed or Additive Manufactured aerospike rocket engine is the result of a collaboration between a group of Monash University engineers and Amaero Engineering, supported by Woodside Energy and Monash University.
Engineers at Amaero approached a team of Monash engineering PhD students, giving them the opportunity to create a new rocket design that could fully utilise the near limitless geometric complexity of 3D printing.
The team accepted the challenge and designed one of the most complicated but efficient rocket engines of all, the aerospike nozzle. Amaero printed the design, then the team test-fired their engine on a remote location in rural Victoria. The rapid manufacturing process allowed them to go from concept to physical testing in only four months.
The Monash engineers have now created a company, NextAero, to take their concepts to the global aerospace industry, starting with the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide on 25-29 September [click to continue…]
The Monash University-led team who printed a jet engine last year have enabled a new venture for manufacturing aerospace components in France.
Melbourne-based Amaero Engineering—a spin out company from Monash University’s innovation cluster—has signed an agreement with the University and Safran Power Units to print turbojet components for Safran, the French-based global aerospace and defence company.
“Our new facility will be embedded within the Safran Power Units factory in Toulouse and will make components for Safran’s auxiliary power units and turbojet engines,” said Mr Barrie Finnin, CEO of Monash spin-out company Amaero.
Safran Power Units, Amaero Engineering and Monash University announce a strategic partnership to deliver 3D printing aerospace components
Melbourne’s 3D jet engine technology flies into production in France
Launch at the Australian Embassy in Paris, France
Tuesday 8 November, 2016
French aerospace company Safran Power Units has signed an agreement with Australia’s Amaero Engineering and Monash University to print aerospace components.
“We will make components for auxiliary power units and turbojet engines within the Safran Power Units factory in Toulouse,” said Mr Barrie Finnin, CEO of Monash spin-out company Amaero. [click to continue…]
La production de moteurs à réaction basée sur la technologie australienne d’impression 3D démarre en France
Mercredi 9 novembre, 2016
La société aéronautique française Safran Power Units a conclu avec ses partenaires australiens Amaero Engineering et l’Université Monash un accord portant sur l’impression de composants aéronautiques.
« Nous fabriquerons, avec l’usine Safran Power Units de Toulouse, des composants pour les groupes auxiliaires de puissance et les turboréacteurs », explique Barrie Finnin, PDG d’Amaero, une société issue de l’Université Monash. [click to continue…]
Media call 11 am Thursday 26 February at the Victorian Government Stand, Hall 2, Avalon International Airshow. HD overlay of the printers at work also available.
Monash University researchers along with collaborators from CSIRO and Deakin University have printed a jet engine. In fact Monash and their spin-out company Amaero, have printed two engines. One is on display this week at the International Air Show in Avalon, while the second is displayed in Toulouse at the French aerospace company Microturbo (Safran).
This is a summary of resources supporting the ‘World’s first 3D printed jet engine’ and ‘Melbourne’s 3D jet engine technology flies into production in France’. Media releases, online copy and live links at www.scienceinpublic.com.au/monash-uni
HD footage of the printing machines and the engine
Monash University: Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing
Shows: 3D printed metal parts, Professor Xinhua Wu with printed jet engine, Concept Laser X-Line 1000R machine (powder bed 3D printing machine – the largest selective laser melting (SLM) machine currently available), laser over base plate in blown powder machine, large shot of the blown powder printing machine.
3D printing has been used since the 1980s by the aerospace industry, usually to produce prototypes. With more complex, expensive printing machines being built in recent years (such as those with lasers to melt metal powders – used by MCAM), more opportunities for different materials and therefore different applications are opening up. Printing in metals has its challenges, including the high temperatures required and safety issues that accompany them.