Inside Relativity Space’s 3D-printing rocket ‘factory of the future’

  • Rocket builder Relativity Space this summer moved into its new headquarters in Long Beach, California.
  • “The new printers are operational and actually printing our first flight parts right now, so we have several printers building the first rocket we’re actually going to fly to orbit,” Relativity CEO Tim Ellis told CNBC.
  • The company is building the first iteration of its Terran 1 rocket, with about 95% of the parts being 3D-printed.



a lamp next to a window: Relativity Space's third generation 3D-printer in its new headquarters, with CEO Tim Ellis standing by for scale.


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Relativity Space’s third generation 3D-printer in its new headquarters, with CEO Tim Ellis standing by for scale.

Rocket builder Relativity Space this summer moved into its new headquarters in Long Beach, California – and already the company is manufacturing the parts it needs for its first launch late next year. 

Relativity is currently building the first iteration of its Terran 1 rocket. But unlike other rockets, Relativity is using multiple 3D-printers, all developed in-house,

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