Print Rocket. Test Rocket.
UC San Diego became the first campus to successfully design, build and test a 3D-printed rocket engine when a group of aerospace engineering students conducted a static fire in the Mojave Desert on Oct. 5. "It was an amazing feeling," said Deepak Atyam, the leader of the student effort and a Gordon Scholar. "We could feel the power of the engine in the bunker. It's something you really can't describe." The test marked a key step in showing that 3D printing is a viable manufacturing method for rocket engines, said Professor Forman Williams, the students' advisor. The students are now part of the Jacobs School's Moxie Center for Student Entrepreneurship.