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SBIR Phase II: Swarm 3D Printing and Assembly for Autonomous Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2112009
Agency Tracking Number: 2112009
Amount: $1,000,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MN
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-08-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-07-31
Small Business Information
United States
DUNS: 081240502
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Zachary Hyden
 (479) 647-6035
Business Contact
 Zachary Hyden
Phone: (479) 647-6035
Research Institution

The broader impact of this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project is to enable a new manufacturing paradigm that can enable long-term autonomy of manufacturing via a proposed swarm 3D printing and assembly (SPA) platform, a method to coordinate robotic assembly. The first envisioned application is the architectural precast construction industry, which suffers from a shortage of skilled labor, long turnover time, and high cost of equipment and operation for making precast molds. This technology will further enable novel cooperative and autonomous manufacturing modalities. This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project realizes the cooperation of multiple independent 3D printing and assembly robots. The technical objectives are to improve the current platform, with technical focus areas of: improving the printing speed of individual 3D printers, fully automating material refill and build plate placement, developing planning and scheduling algorithms to support large-scale SPA for multi-job printing, and creating a new calibration method to improve printing quality. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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