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    Orbex commissions largest 3D printer in Europe

    • By MTDCNC
    • March 24, 2021
    • 1 minute read

    Orbex has commissioned AMCM to build the largest industrial 3D printer in Europe, allowing the innovative UK-based space launch company to rapidly print complex rocket engines in-house. The custom-made, large volume 3D printer will allow Orbex to print more than 35 large-scale rocket engines and main stage turbopump systems annually. 

    The multi-million pound deal was signed with AMCM, following a series of successful trials printing various large-scale rocket components over a number of months. AMCM will deliver a complete printing suite with post-processing machinery and machine vision systems, providing automatic imaging-based inspection of printed components. To accommodate the new machinery, Orbex is expanding its factory floor space by an additional 1,000m2.

    The 3D printing system will print rocket parts using a custom blend of metals including titanium and aluminium to create a lightweight system designed to withstand the temperature and pressure extremes of spaceflight. 

    The 3D printed rocket components will be critical parts of Orbex’s launch vehicle, a 19-metre long ‘micro-launcher’ rocket, designed to deliver small satellites into polar orbits around the Earth. 

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    Orbex commissions largest 3D printer in Europe

    Orbex has commissioned AMCM to build the largest industrial 3D printer in Europe, allowing the innovative UK-based space launch company to rapidly print complex rocket engines in-house. The custom-made, large volume 3D printer will allow Orbex to print more than 35 large-scale rocket engines and main stage turbopump systems annually. 

    The multi-million pound deal was signed with AMCM, following a series of successful trials printing various large-scale rocket components over a number of months. AMCM will deliver a complete printing suite with post-processing machinery and machine vision systems, providing automatic imaging-based inspection of printed components. To accommodate the new machinery, Orbex is expanding its factory floor space by an additional 1,000m2.

    The 3D printing system will print rocket parts using a custom blend of metals including titanium and aluminium to create a lightweight system designed to withstand the temperature and pressure extremes of spaceflight. 

    The 3D printed rocket components will be critical parts of Orbex’s launch vehicle, a 19-metre long ‘micro-launcher’ rocket, designed to deliver small satellites into polar orbits around the Earth.