The Chinese space company i-Space has successfully tested its reusable rocket “SQX-2Y”. According to the company, 3D-printed metal components from the supplier Bright Laser Technologies (BLT) were also used.
According to i-Space, additive manufacturing enables better structural optimization of the rocket components while simultaneously reducing weight. The iteration cycle can thus be significantly shortened, particularly in the development of new rocket engines.
For the SQX-2Y, BLT used a laser powder bed process to produce T-shaped connecting elements and a rocket nozzle, among other things. The latter integrates dozens of complex-shaped nozzles in one piece. According to BLT, the stainless steel parts could be manufactured in a short time and met the high quality standards of the aerospace industry.
With its broad material and application expertise, BLT sees itself as an important partner for the commercial aerospace industry in China.