A team has assembled the world's first 3-D printed rocket that will launch later this year in New Mexico.
After four years of hard work, a 30-person engineering team has created a 3-D printed rocket that's ready for its debut. Exasol, a German data analytics company, sponsored the project, dubbed LOHAN (Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator). The team also ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to cover launch costs.
The rocket is about as tall as a human, weighs 3 kg and cost £6,000 to 3-D print. Phys.org reports that the team will launch the rocket later this year from Spaceport America in New Mexico.
Lester Haines of The Register (far right in the image above) says that 3-D printing offered the team tremendous flexibility and speed in refining their their design. "You can do highly complex shapes that simply aren't practical to do any other way," he explained. "NASA are already 3D-printing metal rocket parts, so it's obviously got a big future."
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