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Rapid Part Qualification Methodology of Aircraft Metallic Components using…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N111-077-0219
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N111-077
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
Keystone Synergistic Enterprises, Inc.
664 NW Enterprise Drive, Suite 118 Port Saint Lucie, FL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Rapid Part Qualification Methodology of Aircraft Metallic Components using Direct Digital Manufacturing Technologies
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-12-C-0411
Award Amount: $490,133.00
 

Abstract:

Metal Digital Direct Manufacturing (MDDM) or layer-by-layer additive manufacturing is inherently green, produces near net shapes, reduces labor content, and does not require the use of special tooling to fabricate components. However, the process struggles to gain wide acceptance for producing aerospace and defense metal components due to two key issues. First, current powder and wire feed processes struggle to maintain high uniformity of part dimension and microstructure. Second, the current time required to qualify a MDDM component is so excessive it greatly restricts overall acceptance and usage of the process. In response, Keystone is developing, for implementation during this project, an adaptive feed-forward process control with feedback monitoring to ensure the process accounts for the thermal latency and thereby sustain aerospace levels of quality throughout the deposited component. Thus, this proposed project will utilize a wire feed, laser based MDDM system to build and validate a hybrid feed-forward / feedback monitoring capability, validation of a Rapid Process Qualification methodology and complete MDDM of a selected component.

Principal Investigator:

Bryant Walker
President
(772) 343-7544
bryanthwalk@aol.com

Business Contact:

Bryant Walker
President
(772) 343-7544
bryanthwalk@aol.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Keystone Synergistic Enterprises, Inc.
664 NW Enterprise Drive Suite 118 Port Saint Lucie, FL -

EIN/Tax ID: 651136876
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No