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Expedited Fabrication of Conformal Window for ABL

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
74589
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
044-1200
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
THIRD WAVE SYSTEMS, INC.
7900 West 78th Street Suite 300 Minneapolis, MN -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Expedited Fabrication of Conformal Window for ABL
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: W9113M-06-C-0173
Award Amount: $749,999.00
 

Abstract:

The manufacture of meter-class windows and mirrors requires extended fabrication periods, often longer than one year. This is because current fabrication techniques entail multiple stages of grinding, lapping, and polishing to achieve high surface finish and dimensional requirements. Our Phase II project will demonstrate innovative ductile mode machining (DMM) process and modeling technology the MDA needs for fast, affordable, high quality meter-class windows and mirrors for the ABL. Our innovative program will: (a) Reduce fabrication times by 50% via reduction/elimination of grinding, lapping and polishing; (b) Achieve higher part quality, (10-50 nanometer RMS surface roughness); (c) Virtually eliminate surface and subsurface flaws; (d) Predict beneficial DMM conditions; and (d) Reduce cost of windows and mirrors. DMM is the key technology, supported by advanced process modeling, which we will use with universities and conformal window fabricator Brashear to demonstrate the proposed production-level benefits for windows and mirrors. Our three-phased disciplined development program will: (a) Complete technology development for production-level DMM; (b) Fabricate a scaled prototype window using DMM; (c) Determine production-level process conditions for SiC mirrors and fabricate via DMM.

Principal Investigator:

Troy Marusich
Chief Technical Officer
9528325515
troym@thirdwavesys.com

Business Contact:

Kerry Marusich
President, CEO
9528325515
sales@thirdwavesys.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

THIRD WAVE SYSTEMS, INC.
7900 West 78th St. Suite 250 Minneapolis, MN 55439

EIN/Tax ID: 411744080
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No