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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$749,928.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
FA8650-06-C-5205
Solitcitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Number:
2005.1
Branch:
Air Force
Award Year:
2006
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-127-3613
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF05-127
Small Business Information
BECK ENGINEERING
3319 21st Ave NW, Gig Harbor, WA, 98335
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
054758185
Principal Investigator
 Douglas Beck
 Engineer
 (360) 876-9710
 dbeck23@aol.com
Business Contact
 Douglas Beck
Title: President
Phone: (360) 876-9710
Email: dbeck23@aol.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
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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