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Additive Manufacturing for Lightweight, Low Cost Seeker Gimbals

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
97946
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A102-127-0515
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
ARMY 10-127
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
CalRAM, Inc.
2380 Shasta Ave, Suite B Simi Valley, CA 93065-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Additive Manufacturing for Lightweight, Low Cost Seeker Gimbals
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W9113M-11-C-0023
Award Amount: $69,514.00
 

Abstract:

Lightweight gimbal assemblies capable of meeting both thermal and structural requirements in military aviation environments can be accomplished through the use of titanium alloys. However, to achieve a production unit cost not to exceed $600-$1200 per gimbal assembly for a seeker gimbal assembly based on expectations for 20,000 to 30,000 gimbals is very challenging. CalRAM, Inc, a company established to do additive manufacturing, has been developing a near-net shape fabrication process capable of generating titanium components with physical and mechanical properties comparable to wrought titanium. The "tool-less" process called Electron Beam Melting (EBM) manufacturing produces parts directly from CAD files, uses an electron beam as the energy source and melts titanium powder in a heated powder bed. Since the process builds parts one-layer at a time, several details can be integrated into each layer reducing part count. CalRAM's vision to accomplish the high-volume and low-cost targets will be to create a dedicated manufacturing cell based on EBM fabrication coupled with CNC machining, inspection, cleaning and packaging. The goal of Phase I is to develop a recommendation for the leading approach to produce gimbal assemblies for Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Dave Ciscel
Vice President
8058447819
dave.ciscel@calraminc.com

Business Contact:

John Wooten
President
8058447823
john.wooten@calraminc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

CalRAM, Inc.
2380 Shasta Ave, Suite B Simi Valley, CA 93065

EIN/Tax ID: 202200585
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No