Victorian manufacturing blasts into a new era

Published: 11 September 2017

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Victorian university students have launched manufacturing into the Space Age using revolutionary 3D printing technology to design, build and test a world-first rocket engine.

The Aerospike Rocket Engine project brings together local researchers working in aerodynamics and combustion and experts from Amaero Additive Manufacturing.

The project team took the idea from concept to physical testing in only four months and developed an engine capable of generating enough thrust to lift five adults.

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, revolutionises how components are made.

From industrial tooling to customisable and intricate orthopaedic implants – the additive manufacturing process is faster, cost efficient and more complex than traditional methods.

Manufacturing employs more than 283,000 Victorians. In 2016, manufacturing experienced the fastest employment growth of any industry in Victoria with around 40,000 new jobs created.