Watch This 3D-Printed Engine Fan Fail Gloriously In Thrust Test
What a blast!
This video features SkyersJet, which is one of the world's biggest EDFs at a 400 mm diameter size and a 15 kW electric motor and gearbox drive. The SkyJet's parts are manufactured using 3D printing, which streamlines production and lowers unit costs. According to its website, SkyersJet's modular architecture allows it to be customized, making it a great fit for anything from large-scale RC aircraft to big drone VTOLs.
In its thrust test 11, however, things don't go as planned. While the test was going well at first, things start to go a bit awry after the two-minute mark. While watching the engine fail admittedly satisfies the part of us that wants to see everything crash and burn, it also evokes feelings of melancholy at the same time. When it comes to the extent of the destruction, well, everything was destroyed. If you're curious to see how, make sure you watch the video embedded above. Enjoy!