High-Speed Headstock with B-Axis for Machining Aircraft Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-C-5205
Agency Tracking Number: F051-127-3613
Amount: $749,928.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-127
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
3319 21st Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA, 98335
DUNS: 054758185
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Douglas Beck
 (360) 876-9710
Business Contact
 Douglas Beck
Title: President
Phone: (360) 876-9710
Email: dbeck23@aol.com
Research Institution
The Air Force needs a compact high-speed high-power spindle to rapidly manufacture complex geometries in aluminum and titanium aircraft structures. We propose to continue developing a compact high-speed high-power spindle to meet Air Force requirements. In Phase I, we designed a pre-prototype spindle and calculated the operating characteristics of the spindle. Our design indicates our spindle is suitable for rapid manufacture of typical complex geometries in aircraft structures. Our performance calculations indicate our spindle can efficiently use the full supplied power for rapid machining. In Phase II, we will build the pre-prototype spindle and subject it to non-machining tests to characterize the spindle. Based on the tests, we will modify our design and performance calculations (as necessary), and we will design, build, and test (non-machining and machining tests) a prototype spindle. As a subcontractor, a major defense contractor will use the prototype spindle to machine sample parts. In Phase III, we will supply spindles (based on the prototype) to job shops that are machining aircraft structures for the Air Force.

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