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The “world’s largest metal 3D printer” is being used to build rockets

Written by David

April 20, 2019

Additive manufacturing is reaching new heights as Relativity Space uses building-size, custom-built 3D printing equipment to manufacture spacecraft The sky’s the limit for a small Los Angeles-based startup with big plans for its building-size 3D printer. The firm, Relativity Space , was launched by former college classmates Tim Ellis and Jordan Noone. After graduation, Ellis was hired by Blue Origin and Noone signed on with SpaceX, two high-profile spaceflight companies with famous founders (Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, respectively). Ellis and Noone reconnected in 2015 and decided to start a competing firm. The founders distinguished their company from Blue Origin and SpaceX by setting a novel and ambitious goal: be the first to 3D-print an entire rocket. The venture has drawn financial support from numerous well-known sources, including billionaire investor Mark Cuban. Why Print a Rocket? Test, Analyze, Characterize There’s more to Relativity’s focus on 3D printing than just […]

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