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It's a part of a rocket engine 3-D printed.
The industry three -- booming it's gonna approach six billion dollars globally -- Just a couple of years from now.
Michael -- exotic is the head and space technology -- and he joins us now.
Michael -- thank you very much for joining us set me straight -- now view as to what I think about -- Frankly I think of an old fashioned Xerox I slide in a piece of paper -- -- something out.
These 3-D -- is almost like coming -- factory assembly units in your backyard I mean that's what the 3-D printer really is isn't.
That's right it's great to be -- -- that you know it really unleashes I'd say the Univision and ideas we have an American in this nation I think that's what's so great about it.
You know that's what made this this country's great and -- and it happened this -- this device you can have your home and certainly we're looking at -- -- industry you can make all kind of products and things that you need.
So down -- at NASA you -- printing rocket engine -- values that would -- printing.
You got to imports to this machine and out pops a rocket part of the far end of it.
Sounds ridiculous but is it like -- if it.
Guys close to it to like that so.
But that the -- -- rocket nozzles as you can imagine are very complex part.
They made -- -- very difficult materials to work with they have to withstand high pressure high temperatures and of course if you're sitting on top of that rocket it past the work.
And so what one of the things we're doing now -- they take a long time to make the very expensive with 3-D printing or sometimes also called additive manufacturing.
You can make such a part -- -- basically building -- in layers and using a laser process you can you can -- whatever material you need to make and then you can build that part up.
Is opposed to traditional machine which you may know so tracks parts and takes away.
Okay now we said at the beginning there's a possibility way down the road.
That you could print and and -- -- rocket is that just gee -- nonsense or is it a remote possibility.
Guy it's more the remote possibility that -- let me tell -- -- that we have like I said today.
The ability to print and I have one here one of these rocket nozzles this -- used to be made of thirty components now we can make it in and in half the time.
With this process.
Above and beyond that we're looking -- -- using 3-D printing in space to make tools.
You may remember Apollo thirteen where they had to make a canister right out -- the amid what they had -- -- printer and you can make tools and make the device is unique in space.
Further we go further we look at being able to print particular spacecraft small spacecraft if -- ideas printed circuit boards -- -- -- -- Flexible circuit boards you can imagine bring your own spacecraft.
As you needed in space on demand is this American technology is this -- many American.
Back -- manufacturing.
Absolutely so America leader right now an additive in 3-D printing.
It you know we look at manufacturing force -- the components here -- -- to get the space we're also looking at manufacturing.
In space and that's been true since -- fifties long drawn used to say that you know the key Iraqi trees won't.
So we're looking at American industry and leveraging what's happening in American industry.
You know government money in a Smart way to Foster that innovation and really push America for.
You know we promised our viewers -- gee -- segment and I think Michael I think you deliver the post pretty good -- exotic.
At NASA thanks for joining us -- you're welcome thanks for having me look at.
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