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TCT Magazine reports on a design project Dutch aviation students are conducting at Inholland University. The students are utilizing Ultimaker 3D printers in order to “produce lightweight parts for small rockets.”
The “pupils have previously built and launched two rockets with 3D printed parts and carbon fibre. For their third rocket, the students, working in tandem with their teachers, are planning on a completely 3D printed rocket.”
Before now, “the group successfully launched the Aguilo II, a solid-fuel rocket of about 8 feet tall. Their next rocket will also stand 8 feet tall and use a similar engine to the Aguilo II.”
As Martin Kampinga, teacher in aviation technology at Hogeschool Inholland in Delft explains: “we use 3D printing primarily in the design process. We design a model on the PC and print it out to continue working on it. We’re an applied sciences study, so everything we teach we try to apply in practice as well. Students primarily learn about strength calculations, aerodynamics, everything that has something to do with airplanes.”
“The Applied Sciences department of Inholland University has introduced 3D printing techniques into its teaching, not only to familiarize students with a modern manufacturing method, but also because of its time and money-saving capabilities.”
“I think every university should offer this in their curriculum,” Kampinga concludes, “University is where it all happens. Students will be here for four years, so they won’t hit the labor market [until they graduate. When that happens,] these 3D printers will [have developed and changed as well,] so in the course of their education, you need to show them [this revolutionary] production method exists.”
Video, Image, and Quotes Courtesy of TCT Magazine, Inholland University, and Ultimaker