Rockets. There just are not enough of them escaping the clutches of our atmosphere. Fortunately, we have people interested in making more rockets happen and open source websites–or rather movements–like DIY Rockets to give rocket development and learning a boost. Now, Sunglass and Shapeways are meeting at the launch pad with DIY Rockets for a competition that increases the collaboration and the 3D printing around rocket science. All sorts of things are being 3D printed of late, so why not rocket engines?
Print your Engines
Registration for the contest kicks off this weekend, March 9th, at SXSW in Austin, Texas (but you can register early here.) The goal is to create a low cost 3d printed engine that can carry between .5kg – 10kg into Low Earth Orbit. If you’re skeptical about printing rocket engine components, the practice isn’t new. Rocket Moonlighting is one site that shows just what can be done with prints, providing the specs, schematics, parts list, test videos and links to printed parts.
DIY Rockets wants to spur this initiative along. Teams will use the Sunglass.io platform to collaborate on the engine build with the top designs and top contributions winning the prizes and the prints. THey have an impressive line-up judging the competition with Dean Kamen, Angelo Vermeulen and Taylor Wilson among the group. Individuals and teams can register here starting today. All the details are available via the DIY Rockets website.
3D Printed Rocket Engine… ready for this?