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UC San Diego SEDS Chapter will be Test Firing 3D-PRINTED ROCKET ENGINE on March 1, 2014

UC San Diego SEDS Chapter will be Test Firing 3D-PRINTED ROCKET ENGINE on March 1, 2014

Feb 24, 2014

On October 5th, 2013 the UC San Diego SEDS team performed a static fire test on their additively manufactured 3d-printed rocket engine, named Tri-D. The test was a success, with the engine firing for 3.0 seconds. Between this year and last, the UC San Diego SEDS team has reached a lot of success including being the first university worldwide to print and test a 3D printed rocket engine. They also won the “Best Student Design” award in the DIY Rocket Competition. On the shoulders of these achievements, UCSD team is performing another static fire test to gather data on the performance of the Tri-D engine on March 1st 2014 at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry (FAR) facility in the Mojave Desert.

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Photo credit: UCSD SEDS Chapter

Stay tuned for more information on the data gathered that will be analyzed and compared against a computer simulation. With this information, the UCSD student project team will produce a full report aimed at answering the fundamental question: In what ways is a 3d printed additively manufactured liquid propelled rocket motor better than an engine that was fabricated through conventional means (subtractive manufacturing) and what improvements can be made to our existing design?

To Learn more about about last year’s static test, Click Here

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