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3D Measurement for Aircraft Maintenance and Part Remanufacture

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Photon-X, Inc
360-C Quality Circle Suite 350 Huntsville, AL 35806-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: 3D Measurement for Aircraft Maintenance and Part Remanufacture
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8103-06-C-0205
Award Amount: $749,946.00


Those responsible for maintaining the operational status of the aircraft of the United States Air Force face many difficult challenges in completing their mission. With an ever aging, and yet, ever more valuable inventory of older aircraft, the maintenance depots assigned their upkeep and readiness continually work to maximize flight time and minimize costs. As a result, many are looking to technology-based solutions to improve their inspection and overhaul processes with tools for nondestructive testing and virtual parts modeling. To address these process enhancements, Photon-X proposes a non-contact, 3-D measurement solution utilizing its passive, single-camera technology producing high-resolution surface map output of imaged objects. This 3-D imagery is then used directly for inspection/measurement applications or output as CAD/CAM files for part-design modification and manufacturing. This technology requires no special illumination, is fast in data collection/processing, is optics-independent (offering various fields of view), is small and easily transported, is very cost-effective and has been proven to be a low risk in Phase I, with potential high payoff for Air Force. During Phase II, a complete prototype system will be designed, developed, tested, and delivered to the Air Force. Extensive tests are planned for the instrument at appropriate AF facilities.

Principal Investigator:

Blair A. Barbour
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Blair A. Barbour
Small Business Information at Submission:

4835 University Square Suite 8 Huntsville, AL 35816

EIN/Tax ID: 631226619
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No