Monday, January 14, 2013

3D printer in the office!

One great part of working at a large science institution is that you get cool things at work.  This is a 3D printer that we just got in the office, here is has printed out a shark, comb, chain(!) and a nut and bolt.  My hope is that we can print out a 38mm Von Karman nosecone some day soon.  These are printed on fairly strong but largely porous plastic material.  Any ideas on how to reinforce/seal these up for use on a rocket?  I suppose a layer of fiberglass or maybe just filling the outer layer with epoxy?

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