We are looking for a 3D Printing Operator who will be responsible for operating our AM machine and building optimal support structures whilst working with our design and propulsion engineers to ensure that our designs are optimal for additive manufacturing. This is a unique opportunity to work for a groundbreaking company, with the chance to support the manufacture of highly precise, space-grade components such as rocket engines and have your work launched into space.


Orbex is a leading micro-launch company with our Prime vehicle being prepared to launch from our home spaceport, Space Hub Sutherland. We are well placed to be one of the first operational micro-launch companies in Europe with over โ‚ฌ86m of project financing secured, a number of customers signed up, our launch licence application submitted, and backing from organisations including UKSA and ESA.

We are a rapidly growing company with staff located between our production and test facilities in Forres, Scotland and Copenhagen, Denmark. Working on cutting edge advances in rocket fuel technology, Primeโ€™s carbon footprint is up to 96% lower than comparable vehicles, leading to innovations in propulsion and tank structures. A state-of-the-art re-flight system means we can recover and reuse our technology, and innovations in separation mechanisms mean we leave no debris in space.

Having developed in-house production capability, we can 3D print complex engines, produce full-scale carbon composite fuel tanks, and have avionics and software testing labs in both Scotland and Denmark. Based in Copenhagen, you will be right in the heart of this fast-paced cutting-edge company, gaining a unique insight into what it takes to build a new launch vehicle for a buoyant commercial market.


The position includes the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Operating and maintaining the AMCM M4K; preparing the building chamber, transferring the materials, launching and monitoring the print and consumable levels.
  • Unpacking the print (de-powdering via Solukon) and post finishing (wire cutting, support removal).
  • Use ERP tools to complete production orders and work with machine software.
  • Data preparation and helping support and process simulations and strategy.ย 
  • Machine maintenance, including cleaning and repairing whenever required (M4K, Powtrex, Solukon).

Key Qualifications and Experience

  • 1- 2 years experience operating metal AM machines, ideally with experience in both DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering), SLM & EOS processes.
  • Comfortable operating and maintaining a Metal AM machine, data preparation, building optimal support structures and working with engineers to consult on design considerations.
  • Experience with Materialise Magic and Solidworks.

Desirable Skills

  • Experience with precision printed parts, for space or aerospace applications, particularly made from materials such as Nickel Alloys and Incone.
  • Experience with Design for AM (DfAM) as well as DFM/DFA in general.
  • Knowledge of metrology and quality management processes (QA, QC) in manufacturing.


Orbex is a high-paced, startup culture where you will be encouraged to assume responsibility for tasks and see them through.

It is imperative that you take initiative, communicate openly and can collaborate with technical and non technical team members.

You must be able to thrive in an international, diverse and multicultural environment.ย 


This role is based in Copenhagen at Orbexโ€™s Danish propulsion engineering and manufacturing site with significant time expected at our test site in Faxe.

You will be spending time both at the factory and our nearby rocket engine testing site, with occasional travel to our main factory, test and launch sites in Scotland.

Copenhagen is one of Europe's most modern and aesthetically interesting cities. It is regarded as being one of the most livable cities in the world, with a strong reputation for being clean, green and sustainable.

With a huge, active waterfront and a lively social scene, Copenhagen offers a wide range of social activities and leisure opportunities, all with a uniquely Scandinavian flair. Activities include cycling and sailing, and the centre of the city is famed for its cultural highlights.


You must be a UK or European citizen, or from a country that is a signatory to the MTCR convention.ย 


For the right candidate, we offer an excellent benefits package that includes:-

  • Competitive salaryย 
  • An equity stake in the company so you will really benefit from your hard work as the company grows and is successful.ย 
  • Our roles need to be on-site in Denmark due to the nature of the work as well as export controls and security, we are happy to sponsor visas for you and your family and provide relocation assistance as required which included funding the move and your first month in temporary accommodation so that you can explore the beautiful city of Copenhagen before choosing a place to settle down.
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Orbex Space
Denmark, Copenhagen
Posted 2 months ago
Job offer closed
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