Dynamic Infrared Scene Projector Based Upon a Commercial Spatial Light Modulator
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DOD / ARMY
Not Available The application of industrial lasers in producing structural shapes for shipbuilding will create enormous savings (in excess of $1,000,000 per Aegis Destroyer), plus result in a higher quality product than produced by present methods. This is because components fabricated from plate steel are inherently more precise and of lower weight than those produced from traditional rolled steel. A major requirement is the need for automatic categorization, nesting, and handling of steel plate used in fabricating structural shapes (i.e. I-beams, T-beams). The key issue underlying this capability is that the flow of raw materials through the cutting and welding process requires management of many components to create an optimized delivery of end product (fabricated parts) with minimal material waste and labor expense. Development of an Optimized Structural Component Assembly Manager (OSCAM) is proposed. The proposed approach will create a modular system compatible with emerging CAD standards, commercial cutting and welding systems, and suitable for adaptation to various manufacturing requirements, with emphasis on shipbuilding. This effort focuses on identifying existing and emerging capability in collaboration with leading research and end use organizations to produce a comprehensive implementation plan which can be integrated into ongoing shipbuilding capabilities in the near term.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:D Bretta Beasley
OPTICAL SCIENCES CORP.
P.O. Box 8291 Huntsville, AL 35808
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