Nanocrystalline Inorganic Powder Molding

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Logistics Agency
Amount:
$99,984.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-08-C-0033
Agency Tracking Number:
L072-001-0031
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
DLA07-001
Solicitation Number:
2007.2
Small Business Information
CLEAR ALIGN LLC
2550 Boulevard of the Generals, Suite 280, Eagleville, PA, 19403
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
142292973
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Raguin
V.P. Optical Engineering
(484) 956-0510
Dan.Raguin@clearalign.com
Business Contact:
Angelique Irvin
President/CEO
(484) 956-0510
Angelique.Irvin@clearalign.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The proposed Phase I development program is geared towards the production of low-cost optical components through a novel manufacturing process called Nanocrystalline Powder Molding (NPM). Military infrared imaging systems are required in the MWIR and LWIR for the purposes of surveillance and target acquisition. As these systems become more and more critical in the battlefield as well as in the commercial sector, it is critical that new manufacturing technologies be developed that can reduce the cost of the optical systems. Currently most MWIR and LWIR imaging systems incorporate lenses with aspheric surfaces that must be diamond turned. Diamond-turning is significantly more expensive than conventional grinding and polishing processes and so can be a large cost driver for IR imaging systems. The proposed molding process uses materials that unlike chalcogenide glasses are non-toxic, inexpensive, and can transmit from the visible through to the VLWIR spectral regions. A redesign of an optical system to remove aspheric surfaces from germanium and other materials and to place those aspheric surfaces on a lens that can be manufactured using NPM promises to reduce optical fabrication costs by 2 to 8X.

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