REM Surface Engineering Supports NASA’s Next Generation Rocket Propulsion Initiative

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Friday, February 5th, 2021 in


Brenham, Texas – REM Surface Engineering is proud to be a supporting vendor of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in their Rapid and Analysis Manufacturing Propulsion Technology or RAMPT project which aims to enable next-generation rocket propulsion technology utilizing 3D printed rocket engine parts utilizing high-strength iron-nickel superalloy.

RAMPT is an initiative under NASA’s Game Changing Development Program and the Space Technology Mission Directorate targeting the advancement of production methods to reduce overall manufacturing cost, reduce production time, and improve performance of regeneratively cooled thrust-chamber assemblies. The 7K Thrust-Chamber assembly is an example of the actualization of this RAMPT chamber concept featuring both a REM processed GrCOP-42 Combustion Chamber and a NASA HR-1 Thrust Nozzle. The processing technology (REM’s Extreme ISF® Process) for these applications has been developed in conjunction with REM’s NASA Phase II SBIR award.  This technology can be applied to all component surfaces, including the hotwall and cooling channels to reduce roughness, remove heat treatment scale, and improve component performance.

“Working with NASA is always exciting; the results of these hot fire tests and the attention that they have garnered show the potential that additive manufacturing possesses for critical component fabrication.  By working with NASA to address the traditional limitations of AM surface and near surface conditions, REM is helping to actualize this potential for both rocket propulsion and advanced manufacturing in general,” Justin Michaud, CEO.

About REM Surface Engineering

REM Surface Engineering, the inventor of the ISF® Process, the Rapid ISF® Process, the Extreme ISF® Process, and the REM® Process, is a global leader in providing surface engineering solutions. The REM’s isotropic superfinishing technologies are value-adding and performance-enhancing improvements to conventional machining operations such as grinding and lapping. Founded in 1965 in Southington, CT by Robert Michaud, REM Surface Engineering is a family-owned company that has proudly been serving our partners and customers for over 50 years. REM Surface Engineering operates four locations in Brenham, TX, Southington, CT, Merrillville, IN, and St. Neots, UK that provide products and services globally. For more information, please visit

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Media Contact: Christina Michaud