With precision being the most over-riding factor, building functional machines with a household 3D printer isn’t easy.
And that’s why it’s all the more impressive that a 3D printer has been used to make a fully functional scale model of a Boeing 787 GE-built turbofan jet engine.
Popping up on a 3D Printing blog page, the scale replica, which includes over 60 3D-printed blades and vanes on the inside, isn’t just a model destined to collect dust on a shelf. It actually produces more than enough thrust to power a remote-controlled aeroplane, and that’s exactly what its creator intends to use it for.
To make the design and build of the replica even more challenging, but also more accurate to the real thing, a functional thrust reverser has been incorporated into his engine.
Watch the video for the amazing feat in 3D Printing engineering.