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Administrator Bolden Tours National Center for Advanced Manufacturing
Administrator Bolden Tours National Center for Advanced Manufacturing

During his Feb. 22 visit to the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing Rapid Prototyping Facility at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, center, talks with Frank Ledbetter, right, chief of the nonmetallic materials and manufacturing division at Marshall, about the use of 3D printing and prototyping technology to create parts for the Space Launch System, the next-generation rocket that will launch astronauts to more distant destinations than ever before. During his visit, Bolden watched researchers employ a 3D printing process called "selective laser melting" to create complex parts for the J-2X and RS-25 rocket engines - without welding. Also participating in the tour are, from left, John Vickers, manager of the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing; Marshall flight systems design engineer Rob Black; reporter Lee Roop of the Huntsville Times; Sheri Kittredge, deputy manager of the SLS Liquid Engines Office; and Marshall Center Director Patrick Scheuermann.

Image credit: NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given

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