Although it may seem counterproductive, the truth is that the MIT has managed to design and manufacture what may be the first functional plastic jet engine making use of 3D printing technologies for the entire process. Undoubtedly a new functionality that surely no one had thought to carry out, at least using a plastic printer.
How could it be otherwise this work has been carried out by the team Rocket, true experts in rocket development within MIT who, demonstrating what they are capable of, this time they surprise us with the prototype of a jet engine that you can see on video just below these lines and that has been manufactured entirely with 3D printing standard, without any modification.
MIT engineers have succeeded in creating a plastic jet engine with a standard 3D printer.
As the official team in charge of this project has communicated, it seems that one of the main problems lies in the material chosen for the manufacture of the rocket since, due to the high temperatures could melt. As a detail, tell you that we are talking about a special plastic and a rocket that, during the tests, used low-power fuel. In tests with more powerful fuel, the plastic did melt.
As a final detail, tell you that for the manufacture of the rocket, the Rocket Team used a commercial 3D printer, specifically from the catalog of Markforged how is the The Mark Two, a model that is for sale at a unit price of about $ 13.499, just over 12.000 euros to change.