A lot of people harbour the belief that 3D printers are only good for building tiny, cute and slightly bizarre objects made out of paper or other lightweight materials. This is not true at all. There is absolutely no limit to what can be achieved with the 3D printing technology. Sure, if you Google up images of 3D printed objects, you are likely to come across products that match the aforementioned description of such items. However, breakthroughs in 3D printing technology are taking place almost every other month. This is enabling researchers, innovators, manufacturers and ordinary consumers to come up with 3D printed objects that have the potential to shock the world. An example of that is the mind blowing working model of a Boeing 787 jet engine by a frequent and active visitor of the RC Groups website and forum, Harcoreta. In case you were wondering, Harcoreta is an alias. We are unable to provide you with the actual name of the originator of this unbelievable creation. The 3D printed jet engine has been crafted inside Harcoreta’s home based in Madrid, Spain.
The Need for Outstanding DIY 3D Printed Creations
We have talked about how breakthroughs are taking place in the field of 3D printing nearly every single month. What is important here for us to understand and realize is that the big companies with all the patented 3D printing technologies are not the only ones who have a major role to play in facilitating these breakthroughs. The DIY 3D community is an essential source of improvements and breakthroughs in the industry. Without their presence, contributions and input, it would be nearly impossible for the 3D printing industry to make progress at the current rate. You need innovators coming up with something as spectacular as a jet engine or a DIY 3D printed home to make the news headlines and give 3D printing some much needed exposure in the world.
DIY projects such as these will inspire the manufacturers to break away from conventions and elevate their ambitions. It will also help investors to see the potential in 3D printing and use their money to boost productivity in industries across the world with the help of the 3D printing technology. Last but not the least, DIY 3D printed creations can open people’s eye to the beautiful futuristic world where they will be able to enjoy highly customized 3D printed products that will eliminate the need to have standard sizes, shapes, colours and build. Everything can then be built to the specific needs of the consumer.
A Mirror Reflection
The 3D printed Boeing 787 jet engine is remarkably a mirror reflection of its predecessor. However, the accuracy of the replication is not limited to the visual effects. The 3D printed working model functions in a manner that is nearly the same as how the original model works. It is also worth mentioning that the entire project was carried out with the use of ABS plastic material on a Pursa i3 3D desktop printer. This proves beyond doubt that aerospace ingenuity can originate inside our humble homes. Groundbreaking creations do not always need to come out of highly advanced research facilities. As long as there is a passion for 3D printing, a person can develop stunning creations such as these. The 3D printed jet engine model comes with a working thrust reverser. Harcoreta claims that they had to undergo a rigorous, and oft frustrating, process of trial and error before being able to breathe life into the replica.
Old Model Vs New Model
The first prototype was built by Harcoreta last year. The earlier version was an 18 blade electric ducted fan, which is commonly revered to as an 18 blade EDF. The initial model functioned quite well, but it did have its fair share of shortcomings which warranted a remake. In particular, the overwhelmed stock motor connected to the EDF kept overheating. This forced Harcoreta to remodel the jet engine piece with the help of 3D printing enthusiasts at the forum. The new model still has the 18 blade set up, but comes with an internal turbine that is designed to cool the engine. The engine pylon has been simplified as well. Each and every single part of the turbofan has been beautifully rendered. The only thing that looks like an object that has come out of a 3D printer is the motor.
This innovation is a testament to the fact that anyone who has access to 3D printers can replicate industrial applications from the comfort of their own home and at a fraction of the cost. Projects such as these are a reminder of why 3D printing is one of the most unique and beneficial technologies that human beings have ever developed.