NASA Successfully Tests 3D Printed Rocket Components

James Martin | CNET | August 27, 2013

The use of printers in space to make everything from food and tools to rocket parts aims to reduce costs and improve safety.

NASA is one step closer to realizing its goal of using advanced technologies like 3-D printing to make every aspect of space exploration simpler and more cost-effective. From tools to food to spare parts and rocket engines, NASA is very interested in incorporating 3D printing.

The largest 3D printed rocket engine component NASA ever has tested roared to life Aug. 22 during an engine firing that generated a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. Early results indicate the injector worked flawlessly.