Today I want to talk to you about X-Plorer, a very special reactor for different reasons. In the first place, because it has been manufactured from more than 950 parts that have been manufactured from different 3D printing methodologies. Secondly, because of something as simple and interesting as the fact that its creators are a group of engineering students what do they call themselves JetX.
How could it be otherwise, this project has been created to participate in a contest such as the Student Grant 3D Hubs, same in which it has been finalist. According to its creators, X-Plorer aims to show everyone how 3D printing can be useful in many projects related to the world of engineering or architecture.
X-Plorer is a reactor that has been designed and manufactured by a group of engineering students
Going into a little more detail, as has been published by different media and accredited in the famous 3D printing contest, X-Plorer was designed by a group of aerospace engineering students from the University of Glasgow in collaboration with Rolls-Royce itself. Together they have been able to design and develop a functional 3D-printed reactor with 965 3D-printed parts, 308 fasteners and 10 sensors integrated into a turbofan engine.
To carry out this project, in addition to carrying out all the design of parts, the students had to decide which technology was the most suitable to manufacture the parts for their reactor. At this point they reached an agreement to use fusion deposition for which they used a printer DreamMaker OverLord Pro, a Delta type printer that can manufacture parts in different materials such as PLA, Nylon, ABS or PETG.