University students in Victoria have used revolutionary 3D printing technology to design, build and test a world-first rocket engine.

The Aerospike Rocket Engine was developed by PhD students at the Woodside Innovation Centre at Melbourne’s Monash University.

The project brought together researchers working in aerodynamics and combustion, and experts from Amaero Additive Manufacturing.

In only four months the project team worked through the idea from concept to physical testing, developing an engine capable of generating enough thrust to lift five adults.

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has revolutionised component manufacturing in a short period of time.

Additive manufacturing is now faster, more cost efficient, and can produce more complex results than many traditional methods covering industrial tooling to customisable and intricate orthopaedic implants.

The Aerospike Rocket Engine team has formed a company, Next Aero, to export their ideas globally.  Their design will feature at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide later in September.

Monash University, Amaero Additive Manufacturing, and Woodside Energy supported the Aerospike Rocket Engine project.

The State Government of Victoria has created a number of dedicated funds to drive growth and innovation across future industries.

The A$18 million Future Industries Manufacturing Program was established to support new projects such as a new 4D lung scanner and Food Innovation Centre, both based at Monash University.

World-class universities, research and development hubs, Vocational Education and Training organisation and English language schools all work in partnership with overseas providers to design and deliver customised education and training programs and services.

Read more about Victoria’s international education sector.