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Aerojet Rocketdyne lands 3D printing defense contract

  • GenCorp's (GY +0.3%) subsidiary Aerojet Rocketdyne has announced a new contract from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for large-scale 3D printing development and demonstration.
  • The contract will secure multiple large laser melting machines to develop liquid rocket engine applications for national security space launch services.
  • "We have developed and successfully demonstrated additive-manufactured hardware over the last four years but the machines have been limited in size to 10-inch cubes," says VP Steve Bouley. "These next generation systems are about six times larger, enabling more options for our rocket engine components."
  • The program is expected to replace the need for castings, forgings, plating, machining, brazing and welding due to the larger additive manufacturing machines.
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  • Blue22
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    That would cut the cost of manufacturing and design of launch vehicles and engines and related parts many times over and revolutionize the industry! This is big time and the savings could provide the cash needed to get manned vehicles we so desperately need flying in short order!

     

    Don't make a big deal out of so called "missed by" numbers when GY makes investments as they race to space. We can't afford to hamstring the handful of companies we have left capable of building cutting edge lift vehicle and associated parts.
    20 Aug 2014, 11:35 AM Reply Like
  • Blue22
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    That would cut the cost of manufacturing and design of launch vehicles and engines and related parts many times over and revolutionize the industry! This is big time and the savings could provide the cash needed to get manned vehicles we so desperately need flying in short order!

     

    Don't make a big deal out of so called "missed by" numbers when GY makes investments as they race to space. We can't afford to hamstring the handful of companies we have left capable of building cutting edge lift vehicle and associated parts.
    20 Aug 2014, 11:36 AM Reply Like
  • Blue22
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    That would cut the cost of manufacturing and design of launch vehicles and engines and related parts many times over and revolutionize the industry! This is big time and the savings could provide the cash needed to get manned vehicles we so desperately need flying in short order!

     

    Don't make a big deal out of so called "missed by" numbers when GY makes investments as they race to space. We can't afford to hamstring the handful of companies we have left capable of building cutting edge lift vehicle and associated parts.
    20 Aug 2014, 11:37 AM Reply Like
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