The German company Hyperganic,which we met last year, recently presented its prototype 3D-printed rocket engine, designed entirely using artificial intelligence. The entire room was designed in a single block, incorporating both the combustion chamber and the surface channels. Instead of having a CAD file, the modeling information would be entered according to a formula readable by Hyperganic‘s algorithm. . This one could then use the data to design the final piece, from bottom to en top..
Combining additive manufacturing with artificial intelligence can generate key benefits for the industry: a 3D printer with AI could reduce the risk of error,offer automated production, Etc. In the case of Hyperganic l’intelligence here, artificial intelligence can design the object directly. une Duy-AnhPham, the German company’s design manager, explains: “We compare this process to growth rather than design. You tell the algorithm what you want en the object to do, and then the algorithm makes the object grow based on the performance and specifications you had at Mind. Thus,the process does not create a plane, but the DNA of an object.”
The process of making the rocket engine
Hyperganic’s goal was to design a single-block rocket engine to have the lowest possible weight and the most efficient cooling. . Traditionally,the different components of a rocket engine are designed separately; then,we come to weld the cooling channels to the combustion chamber. But this can cause long-term errors and explosions. With this manufacturing method, Hyperganic would be able to design everything in one block, then increasing the final performance of the engine.. The company therefore took into account the key elements of the engine, namely the combustion chamber and cooling channels: on the basis of this data,an algorithm generated a geometry meeting all these specifications..
The company then 3Dded a first metal prototype from a nickel alloy. Duy-AnhPham adds: “We are able to print in different densities of materials, a method that has not yet been used in the design of rockets. The inner part is thus very solid, while outward, the structure becomes more porous to gain weight.. Every extra kilo counts.. “Indeed, the launch of a rocket representing a certain cost, reducing its overall weight even a few kilos has a significant impact. .
Hyperganic would work with several aerospace companies to see how to integrate this new modeling approach into their operations. The use of artificial intelligence would allow them to imagine completely new forms in order to reduce the weight of the parts and increase their performance. The German company hopes to go further in terms of applications, claiming that its software solution is modular, offering multiple algorithmic combinations. You can find more information on its official website. .
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