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Advanced Technologies for Discrete-Parts Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Logistics Agency
Contract: W9113M-09-C-0014
Agency Tracking Number: L072-001-0041
Amount: $749,809.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DLA07-001
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-11-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-12-04
Small Business Information
320 Rutledge Road
Fletcher, NC 28732
United States
DUNS: 186976846
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Mark Janney
 Chief Scientist
 (828) 651-9646
Business Contact
 Jim Stike
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (828) 651-9646
Research Institution

Materials Innovation Technologies LLC is developing a method for making polymer matrix composites fiber preforms that has the potential to revolutionize the industry. The Three Dimensional Engineered Preform (3-DEP) process represents the state-of-the art in chopped fiber preform manufacture. 3-DEP produces a homogeneous fiber distribution within parts and consistent part weight and dimensions from part-to-part. Through our efforts in the DLA SBIR Phase I project we have identified DoD contractors that are interested in the 3-DEP process to manufacture a wide range of discrete components. They include: VX Aerospace - replacement spare parts for helicopters; Army Research Laboratory - helmets for soldiers; Boeing - interior parts for aircraft, and processing of reclaimed/recycled carbon fiber; Sikorsky - composite gearbox for jet engines; Plasan USA - automotive parts. The primary effort for this project will be transitioning the 3-DEP process from the lab to a manufacturing environment at VX Aerospace. We will help VX provide cost-effective solutions to the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) at Cherry Point, NC for composite parts to replace aluminum parts on out-of-production helicopters. We will continue to work with Sikorsky, Boeing, the Army Research Laboratory, and Plasan USA to pursue avenues of interaction with them.

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