The Flying Wing

September 16th, 2013

By: The GROWit Staff

As we all know, 3D printing is excellent for light-weight, durable and complex parts – ideal for aerospace parts. Recently, NASA has further proved this theory by ground-launching a test rocket that was printed with the Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) process. NASA printed an injector rocket using just 2 parts, normally made in 115 with traditional manufacturing. Results were flawless and NASA plans to continue to test using 3D printing.

“This successful test of a 3D printed rocket injector brings NASA significantly closer to proving this innovative technology can be used to reduce the cost of flight hardware,”

Chris Singer, director of the Engineering Directorate, Marshall Space Flight Center.

GROWit also proved this theory to be true with 3D printing and aerospace parts.

We are proud to introduce: “The Flying Wing” 

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Created with airGRO – our super light-weight PLS glass-filled nylon. We have printed a 3D part that is both light weight and very durable. The benefit of 3D printing this part ensures for a quick turnaround on custom aircrafts. We were able to achieve this by taking the customer’s file and modifying the design to decrease the weight by over 1000%. Then printed in sections and bonded together, measuring to 9.9697” x 12.0476” x 1.5180, “The Flying Wing” was created.

Our goal: To establish a process that is repeatable with a very quick turnaround. In the future we would likely produce this in less than a week – from design to a functioning wing.

Need 3D printed aerospace parts? Contact GROWit to receive a free quote and to learn about other GROWit additive technologies! - sales(at)growit3d(dot)com

You dream it. We grow it.

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POW :: Carbon Gear

March 6th, 2013

3D Printed Carbon Gear

Process: Laser Sintering

Material: carbonGRO 640

Purpose: To be a stable, lightweight functioning gear that can withstand high temperature levels.

Thinking about 3D printing dimensionally-stable materials for prototypes, models, or production parts? Get a free quote by uploading your files to the GROWit Upload Center.  You dream it. We GROWit.

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POW :: Mystery Art

February 12th, 2013

RTV Molding - Mystery Art - GROWit 3D

Process: LMC (Leftover Material from a Cup)

Material: Plastic

Purpose: To be honest, it doesn’t really have a purpose, but we know it looks cool and that it just had to be shared.

For those who have just stumbled across this article, GROWit is an additive manufacturing (3D printing) service company based in Orange County, California. We do everything from 3D printing prototypes to small-run production jobs. We have our hands in everything from automotive to aerospace to consumer products; we do it all! If you have a 3D file that you would like printed, go ahead and submit it via the GROWit Upload Center for a free quote.

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