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Low Cost Precision Waterjet Machining of Grid Fins

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
82090
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-151-2520
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Ormond, LLC
4718 B Street NW Suite 104 Auburn, WA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Low Cost Precision Waterjet Machining of Grid Fins
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8651-08-C-0170
Award Amount: $749,827.00
 

Abstract:

Novel waterjet machining techniques are proposed to reduce the costs of grid fin manufacturing by 80% over conventional waterjets. Waterjets are well suited to the task of machining fins because they are a cold cutting process that will not cause thermal damage to the thin webs, they can achieve the tight tolerances and small corner radii and can be used on a wide range of candidate materials. The approach taken in this proposal is to use new wear resistant nozzles and develop an advanced cutting compensation model to increase the cutting speed by a factor of 5 to 7 times over existing waterjetting methods. Ormond has already demonstrated considerable cost savings over electric discharge machining by waterjetting the large fins used on the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) program. The new techniques will enable substantial additional savings as well as the capability to machine contoured webs for supersonic fin applications. Ormond will team with Dynetics, the leader in grid fin design and development, to achieve the program goals.

Principal Investigator:

Tom Butler
Co-Founder
2538521298
tomb@ormondllc.com

Business Contact:

Dan Alberts
Co-Founder
2538540796
dana@ormondllc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ORMOND, LLC
4718 B Street NW Suite 104 Auburn, WA 98001

EIN/Tax ID: 912089868
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No