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SBIR Phase I: Nanocrystalline Diamond Coated Cutting Tools

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
62734
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0232720
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
VISTA ENGINEERING, INC.
1500 1ST AVE N, B117 BIRMINGHAM, AL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: SBIR Phase I: Nanocrystalline Diamond Coated Cutting Tools
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0232720
Award Amount: $98,854.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop the process necessary to bring nano-diamond coating technology to the cutting tool market. The technical objective of producing a commercial size lot of nano-diamond coated cutting tools will be accomplished through application of the hot-filament Chemical Vapor Deposition process, which is the only economical process that produces a uniform diamond coating over several hundred square inches in a single batch operation. The technical approach will consist of migrating the current microwave-plasma CVD process to the hot-filament CVD process. Commercially, the immediate application for diamond-coated tools is machining aluminum-based metals and composites for the automotive industry. The 2001 automotive cutting-tool market for machining these materials was $780M. The potential market for applying the diamond coating to these tools is $53M in 2002 with a forecasted market growth rate of 4percent so that it is an important development.

Principal Investigator:

Raymond Thompson

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Vista Engineering Inc.
2800 Milan Ct Birmingham, AL 35211

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