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Selective Laser Melting for RS-25 Engine
Selective Laser Melting for RS-25 Engine

Andy Hardin, SLS subsystem manager for liquid engines, compares the process of creating a rocket engine part using traditional manufacturing and welding, at right, and making one using Selective Laser Melting, or SLM, at left. The new z-baffle for the RS-25 engine was created by fusing metal dust with a high-power laser using the machine in the background.

Image credit: NASA/MSFC

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