Micro-factory for Miniaturization, Portability and Remote Production

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-06-M-0307
Agency Tracking Number: N064-030-0241
Amount: $69,986.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-T030
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1965 Lycoming Creek Road Suite 205, Williamsport, PA, 17701
DUNS: 028856420
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gareth Knowles
 Principal Investigator
 (570) 322-2700
 gknowles@qortek.com
Business Contact
 Cathy Brooke
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (570) 322-2700
Email: cbrooke@qortek.com
Research Institution
 PENN STATE UNIV.
 Patricia A Mayes
 203 MRL Building Hastings Road
University Park, PA, 16802
 (814) 865-3422
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The Micro-Factory/Nano-Factory will employ piezoelectric devices to realize a high precision, controllable micro/nano-manipulation fabrication/assembly unit that is self-contained and portable. The low cost unit will incorporate adaptable multipurpose Micro-Piezoelectric Microfabrication Tools, or tools, that can provide the miniaturization and efficiency needed as to meet the needs of commercial micro- and meso- scale systems. The piezoelectric Micro-Factory/Nano-Factory will provide scientists and engineers low cost manipulation tools to align, grab and machine nanometer-sized devices such as transistors, sensors and spindles. Importantly, the agile multipurpose µ-tools will enable micro-inspection and repair of defense critical systems such as UAV/UUV equipment. The result will enable the fabrication of more complex micro products (or subassemblies) with real 3D functionality, enlarging the set of 3D micro structuring and assembly technologies.BENEFITS: Leveraging strong industry ties to both the medical, electronics and defense industry, Phase II/III will focus on customizing versions of the prototype Micro-Factory/Nano-Factory system for key products and services in consumer electronics (transistors fabrication, display repair); medical devices (3-D manufacture of subscale catheters, valves and sensors, bio-sciences (controlled infusion); highly dimensional accuracy UAV/UUV inspection equipment and low cost manipulation in (FIB, SEM, TEM) instrument fabrication/assembly environments.

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