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Low Cost Aerodynamic Spinel Domes via 3D Printing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W31P4Q-17-C-0017
Agency Tracking Number: A162-091-0082
Amount: $99,972.59
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A16-091
Solicitation Number: 2016.2
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-12-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-06-08
Small Business Information
133 Defense Highway, Suite 212, Annapolis, MD, 21401
DUNS: 153908801
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lynda Renomeron
 Senior Research Scientist
 (410) 987-1656
Business Contact
 Sharon Fehrenbacher
Phone: (410) 224-3710
Research Institution
TA&T proposes to show how 3D printing of spinel domes and ogives with high optical transparency can meet the Army's requirements for low cost, aerodynamic missile domes by providing a lower cost alternative to the conventional processing techniques of dome production. 3D printing enables a significant decrease in labor, tooling, and capital equipment costs, with the added benefit of creating a more dimensionally accurate and repeatable blank. This increase in process reliability would help further decrease overall cost by reducing the cost of fixturing for grinding and polishing. Such a "digital" manufacturing process that has virtually unlimited geometric dome design flexibilty would be a great benefit.

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