Aerojet Rocketdyne lands 3D printing defense contract

|About: Aerojet Rocketdyne Holding... (AJRD)|By:, SA News Editor

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.