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Model Foundry for Low Cost Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Manufacturing of Metal Matrix Composites Parts

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: DASG60-02-P-0068
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0726
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2002
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
101 Clematis Avenue, Unit #1
Waltham, MA 02453
United States
DUNS: 809965130
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 James Cornie
 Chief Technical Officer
 (781) 893-4449
Business Contact
 James Cornie
Title: Chief Technical Officer
Phone: (781) 893-4449
Research Institution

"Manufacturing technology development and integration of MMCC's 3- DPT, Tool-Less MoldT and Advanced Pressure Infiltration(APICT) technologies are proposed. Investment casting of preforms printed directly from a CAD or laser file and subsequent pressureinfiltration will enable parts to be manufactured without the added expense of tooling development. With investment materials being recycled and constituent materials being inexpensive aluminum melt stock and low cost ceramic abrasive powder, the processwill be cheaper than any competitive process for limited quantity production and competitive at high volume manufacturing. Moreover, the flexibility in design and the elimination of molds and tooling makes it possible to proceed from art to part in aslittle as two weeks with a fresh design.The overall Phase I and Phase II objective is to create an efficient model foundry that can be licensed to high volume commercial customers, used for component development and limited volume manufacturing or reproduced at any given location and used tomanufacture parts for the DoD at low cost and rapid delivery. The specific objective is to show feasibility by producing subscale SM3 guidance housings in collaboration with Raytheon and to deliver a demonstration segment of a full scale housing. Complex parts for BMDO and DoD applications will be manufactured for a fraction of the cost of machined parts. Beryllium and AlBe will be replaced by CAS

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