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In situ monitoring to increase reliability of large scale cold spray additive manufacturing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-22-C-0024
Agency Tracking Number: A21C-T023-0284
Amount: $172,785.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A21C-T023
Solicitation Number: 21.C
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-07-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-04-14
Small Business Information
400 Young Ct. Unit 1
Erie, CO 80516-8441
United States
DUNS: 079973429
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jeremy Iten
 (720) 545-9016
Business Contact
 Jeremy Iten
Phone: (720) 545-9016
Research Institution
 Georgia Institute of Technology
 Aaron Stebner
North Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30332-0001
United States

 (404) 894-5167
 Nonprofit College or University

The proposed project seeks to increase the reliability of cold spray additive manufacturing (AM). Cold spray technology has been developed into a large format (1 m x 1 m in x-y) commercial AM system (called WarpSPEE3D) by the Australian company SPEE3D. The Australian Army is currently testing the enclosed, modular AM system in the Australian “bush” as a field-ready AM system. Supply chain and logistics issues can cause long delays in obtaining spare parts needed for Army vehicle and machine repairs, and the result is reduced readiness and increased vulnerability of units at or near the battlefield. Cold spray AM is the fastest commercial metal AM technique currently available, and its use at forward operating bases could help close the supply gap and deliver spare parts for vehicles within hours rather than days or weeks.   Elementum 3D, Inc. has purchased a commercial WarpSPEE3D system. In partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology and Addiguru, the company proposes in this project to evaluate the feasibility of an in situ combined mass and optical measurement system to monitor and control the deposition rate of material for lightning fast, defect-free spare part fabrication.

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