Drilling 170 Micron Diameter Holes

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,309.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F29601-02-C-0123
Agency Tracking Number:
021NM-1614
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Clark-Mxr, Inc.
7300 Huron River Drive, Dexter, MI, 48130
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
784386179
Principal Investigator:
Larry Walker
Vice President, R&D
(734) 426-2803
lawalker@cmxr.com
Business Contact:
William Clark
President and CEO
(734) 426-2803
clark@cmxr.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
"The goal of this Phase I program is to define the system concept (including hardware and software) needed to produce holes whose entrance, bore, and exit are contoured to user-defined parameters, reliably and repeatedly time-after-time, with a minimum ofintervention by the user, and in less than one minute per hole (hopefully substantially less.) We will demonstrate basic concepts by drilling 170 micron diameter holes in 1 mm thick metal plates using a commercial, ultrashort pulse micromachiningworkstation, and then compare the results to the requirements set forth in "Specifications for Rapid Hole Drilling" by William Latham. This Phase I program will lay the groundwork for construction and commissioning of a system whose performance providesthe best fit to these requirements. This work will find applications in the military in the ABL program, in the automotive industry in the manufacture of fuel injectors that result in better fuel atomization (and consequently more efficient and cleanerburn), in the heavy-duty truck industry by helping them meet the EPA's goal for reducing emissions by CY-2007 (see www.epa.gov/otag/diesel.htm), in micromachining inkjet printers by eliminating the need to use the hazardous and corrosive gases required torun excimer lasers, in biomedical applications in the design and fabrication of "lab-on-a-chip" devices, and in the fabrication of stents serving specialized medical needs."

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