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Additive Manufacturing Technology for Sonobuoy Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-17-C-0473
Agency Tracking Number: N171-010-0248
Amount: $124,976.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N171-010
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-12-08
Small Business Information
65 West Street Road
Warminster, PA 18974
United States
DUNS: 095275343
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Peter Ulrich
 (215) 441-0449
 peter.ulrich@nasc.com
Business Contact
 John Brett
Phone: (215) 441-0449
Email: john.brett@nasc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

The advancements made in Additive Manufacturing (AM) in recent years suggest that, ultimately, this technology may provide a more cost-effective method of producing sonobuoy components than the methods currently employed. In this Phase I SBIR, Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation seeks to evaluate this prospect, assess existing and emerging production methods and materials, identify candidate sonobuoy parts for additive manufacturing, and ascertain when the use of AM technology may be economically feasible to support full-volume, high-rate production. Our goal in the performance of this SBIR project is to reduce sonobuoy weight and cost while improving performance. While AM may apply to a large number of sonobuoy components, the more complex and costly components may provide the best opportunity for innovative use of AM techniques and higher cost savings. In particular, NASC intends to study the application of AM to the fabrication of an improved DIFAR sensor. While NASC boasts a modest AM capability, our expertise lies primarily in development of expendable ocean systems and underwater acoustics. We will therefore solicit technical inputs from Fabrisonic and Solid State Ceramics, companies actively engaged in additive manufacturing, to leverage their production experience with metal components and piezoceramics, respectively, into the sonobuoy design.

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