SYDNEY – A group of Australian scientists have used a 3D printer to create a jet engine, the first one of its kind in the world, local media reported Thursday.
The new engine is expected to be cheaper, lighter and more fuel efficient, and was the result of a partnership between Monash University, in Melbourne, and the Amaero Engineering company, ABC television reported.
The invention could allow engines to be made in a matter of days rather than months and has already drawn the interest of companies like Airbus, Boeing and defense contractor Raytheon, the channel said.
“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,” Monash University’s vice-provost for research Ian Smith told ABC.
He also said that it would allow the making of bespoke parts that would not be possible with classic engineering technologies.
The project began two years ago when French aerospace company Safran asked the researchers at Monash to replicate one of its old engines.
Currently the engineers are now making secret prototypes for Safran, Boeing and Airbus, ABC said.