India's First 3-D Printer

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Indian rocket scientist Dr. Satish Dhawan , a Hyderabad based startup namely Skyroot Aerospace launched its first absolute 3d print cryogenic rocket engine, named Dhawan – 1. The design of this startup includes 20-Kilonewton (KN) engine which has the potential to cast satellites weighing up to 100kg into lower each orbit.

This engine is capable of 100% 3D printing and it utilizes 100% Cryo Propellants (LNG/LOX). The engine runs of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) as fuel. This invention is an absolutely made in India invention which serves to be a fulfilling and honored moment for each and every Indian. It has fewer moving parts and weighs less than half of conventional rocket engines with a similar capacity. This engine has the capacity of starting multiple times which enables it to inject various satellites into multiple orbits in a single mission. The company has designed in-house software for launch vehicle guidance, navigation, and control functions, and is testing onboard its avionics modules.

This launch aims at fulfilling the wishes of the customers by carrying small satellites into space by plainly subjecting them to this 3D Printer. Agnukal aims at bringing down the cost of access to space significantly in three years .It is up against intense competition globally, but CEO Srinath Ravichandran says it is worth the challenge.

Three-dimensional printing (3-D printing), also known as Additive manufacturing (AM) is a process through which objects are joined to form a 3D model of the data usually taking place layer upon layer. 3D printing starts by making a virtual design of the object to be created.

  • Virtual design can be made using a 3D modelling program such as CAD (Computer Aided Design) or 3D scanners.
  • The 3D digital copy is then put into a 3D modelling program.
  • The model is then sliced into hundreds or thousands of horizontal layers in preparation for printing.
  • This prepared file is thus uploaded in the 3D printer which reads each slice in 2D format and then proceeds to create the object layer by layer and the resulting object has no sign of layering visible, but a 3 dimensional structure. 

The fact that India happens to be the first country to produce 3d Rocket Printers exhibits the prevalence of sheer intelligence in our Nation.

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