Engineers in Australia at Amaero Engineering and Monash University, located on the outskirts of Melbourne have created the world’s first 3D-printed jet engines. Their work could lead to cheaper, lighter and more fuel efficient engines.
“The project is a spectacular proof of concept that’s leading to significant contracts with aerospace companies,” Amaero’s business development manager Ben Batagol said.
Researchers worked for two years to create two revolutionary jet engines after being challenged by French aerospace giant Safran. “They gave us an old engine, we pulled it apart and then part by part we’ve been manufacturing it for them,” Mr Batagol stated.
Although the first took almost a year to complete, the second was finished in only three months. Of the twod, one has been delivered to the aerospace company in France, and the other is on display at the Avalon Airshow in Australia.
A third engine, focused on using lighter weight materials, is now being planned by the team.