Virgin Orbit Using 3D Additive-Subtractive Hybrid Machine to Turn Out Rocket Parts

Published by , October 17, 2017 12:22 pm

(GeekWire) Virgin Orbit is pushing into new frontiers on the factory floor as well as blazing a path to the start. Virgin Orbit’s Lasertec 4300 3D additive-subtractive hybrid machine is turning out rocket parts at Virgin Orbit’s 180,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Long Beach.
Scott Macklin, chief engineer for the company’s LauncherOne Evolution team, said traditional manufacturing techniques might produce one complete combustion chamber in a year’s time. “We think that we can be generating a combustion chamber like this on the order of a month with the Lasertec 4300… an order of magnitude of reduction in time,” Macklin told GeekWire during a recent visit.

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