The ability to print with Stratasys® SR-30 soluble support material is key to enabling Triton Space Technologies to produce functional prototypes with the tolerances required for the demanding aerospace industry. If produced without supports, or using snap-off supports, parts would have to be filed and sanded, greatly reducing their utility. Harnessing 3D printing’s ability to produce complex geometries, with fewer individual parts, the company is able to create increasingly sophisticated prototypes capable of meeting the diverse needs of its customers.
“We also used the METHOD X to create a prototype of an injector head assembly for the manifold of a small rocket engine,” explained Colby. “The idea was that it should have one common, sliding surface that would open up flow passages for both propellants at the same time. That would not have been possible with traditional manufacturing methods, as you end up with an assembly of many different parts coming together with a whole lot of seals in between them.”