EOS and Hyperganic 3D print more efficient space propulsion components – 3Dnatives

The German manufacturer EOS has just signed a partnership with the Munich company Hyperganic, which has developed algorithmic engineering software based on artificial intelligence. The objective is to integrate the Hyperganic Core platform with EOS 3D printing solutions and thus enable the design of complex and optimized parts for additive manufacturing processes. One of the first achievements resulting from this strategic partnership is a aerospike rocket engine, characterized by its complex design. The engine was 3D printed first in a nickel alloy then in copper and in a larger volume.

Founded in 2015, Hyperganic quickly took a key place in the additive manufacturing design industry. It has developed software that makes it possible to reproduce shapes inspired by nature and to automate the design stages as much as possible. This solution uses algorithms and artificial intelligence to optimize the performance of a 3D printed part. When we met the company in 2019, its objective was to diversify its partnerships and get closer to 3D printer manufacturers. A plan that she managed to implement with this agreement signed with EOS. Lin Kayser, CEO of Hyperganic, says: “We are very pleased to partner with EOS on this industry-first collaboration. Algorithmic engineering translates ideas into designs in minutes, with the engineer laying down the rules and the computer generating the results. Specifically, the field of space propulsion, which still uses very conservative designs, will greatly benefit from algorithmic engineering..”

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Photo credits: EOS / Hyperganic

EOS and Hyperganic advance the field of space propulsion

It is therefore in this dynamic that the two companies have imagined a 3D printed aerospike rocket engine. The Hyperganic teams came up with an innovative design based on an algorithmic model. Several hundred iterations were generated and one of them was 3D printed on an EOS M 400-4 machine, without supports and from NickelAlloy IN718. It’s a major challenge because this type of engine requires a deconstruction of the design of a classic engine and therefore a more complex redesign. Remember that the aerospike nozzles are designed to optimize propulsion efficiency in a very wide range of altitudes.

Following this first printed part, the engine was reworked to be manufactured on a larger system, the AMCM M 4K machine, a solution developed by the eponymous company which is part of EOS. It offers a production volume of 450 x 450 x 1000 mm and incorporates up to 4 lasers. It is moreover in this machine that the company launcher has invested. Anyway, a bigger engine of the aerospike was 3D printed, this time in copper.

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Hyperganic’s software makes it possible to create complex shapes (photo credits: EOS/Hyperganic)

EOS founder Dr. Hans J. Langer concludes: “ As a constant innovator and trailblazer, today we partner with Hyperganic to usher in a new paradigm shift in additive manufacturing. This is a design change that expands the range of possibilities as well as the levels of performance. At the same time, it will revolutionize the manufacturing design process, making additive manufacturing a true digital workflow, from software-generated algorithmic engineering to digital manufacturing.. » Find the official press release HERE.

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