Optimized Build Plate Design Tool for Metal Laser Powder Bed Additive Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-17-C-0625
Agency Tracking Number: N17B-033-0066
Amount: $225,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N17B-T033
Solicitation Number: 2017.0
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-08-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-03-28
Small Business Information
No. 6 Wilson Drive, St. James, MO, 65559
DUNS: 148054179
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Todd Sparks
 Director of Research and Development
 (573) 612-1352
 toddesparks@mopine.com
Business Contact
 Lisa Liou
Phone: (573) 308-7175
Email: lisaliou@mopine.com
Research Institution
 Missouri University of Science and
 Frank Liou
 292B Toomey Hall
400 West 13th Street
Rolla, MO, 65409
 (573) 341-4603
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The goal of this STTR Phase I research proposal is to develop a Support Structure Planning System (SSPS) that will be capable of optimizing the build plate layout for powder bed Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes . The objectives of this Phase I project are to demonstrate the feasibility of 1) automatic identification of the need for support structures; 2) non-contact support structure design for residual stresses reduction; and 3) model-based optimal support structure design for achieving uniform heat dissipation while also ensuring easy support structure removal. The Phase I project will demonstrate the feasibility of SSPS while Phase I Option will be based on the Phase I results to enhance the prototype and perform more case studies. The eventual goal of this project will be an SSPS software for Navy use, and also dual use commercialization applications in Phase III.

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