Aussie inventors print the worlds first jet engine
February 26, 2015
Photo: ABC: Jake Sturmer
It is being touted as a world first - a group of Australian innovators and inventors have created what is thought to be the worlds first printed jet engine – yes you heard correctly, printed. The group, a partnership between Australia’s Monash University and Amaero Engineering has already started to capture the interest of Boeing, Airbus and even the US Airforce.
Speaking to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Professor Ian Smith said
"[In the past you had to] melt, mould, carve and turn to get the final product," said Professor Ian Smith, Monash University's vice-provost for research.
"This way we can very quickly get a final product, so the advantages of this technology are, firstly, for rapid prototyping and making a large number of prototypes quickly.
"Secondly, for being able to make bespoke parts that you wouldn't be able to with classic engineering technologies."
"We're the only centre [in the world] that's developed the materials that go into the printers, so we can make stuff of sufficient quality," he said.
"That's why the French aerospace industry and large companies like Safran, Microturbo and Airbus are wanting to work with Monash and work with Australian companies."
"We've talked about how it can be useful in the aerospace industry, but we see enormous applications in the biomedical industry," he said.
"For example, if you're unfortunate enough to have one of those serious car accidents, you can be scanned in the scanner, that information can then be taken to a 3D printer, and while you're on the operating table we can print those precise body parts you might need."
"The real impact [of the car industry's decline] is the demise of the supply chain industry that supports the automotive sector," he said.
"We would like to think that revolutionary, disruptive technologies like this can take the place of some of the more traditional industries.
"We can build new industries or we can regenerate existing industries with these kinds of technologies."
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