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Additive Manufacturing Process Monitoring and Control Technologies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Logistics Agency
Contract: SP4701-18-P-0107
Agency Tracking Number: L181-002-0069
Amount: $99,974.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DLA181-002
Solicitation Number: 2018.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-08-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-02-28
Small Business Information
829 Podunk Road, Guilford, CT, 06437
DUNS: 097876077
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Maass
 (203) 458-0722
Business Contact
 David Maass
Phone: (203) 458-0722
Research Institution
The In Process Control for L-PBF (IPCL) program leverages and in process inspection method recently developed and successfully demonstrated for NASA. This Layer Topographic Map or LTM method measures the surface if every melt layer using a commercial laser profilometer. LTM software detects, locates and identifies flawed regions within a layer for every layer in the part. It does so for several common flaw types common with powder bed processes. We will use LTM to find unfused or poorly fused powder and develop specific methods to repair these flaws by reapplying laser energy to re-melt the materiali.e. perform in process control (IPC). In a second series of trials we will demonstrate IPC where we couple LTM in process inspection to find and measure layer flaws, determine the proper repair procedure, and perform the repair/rework. Quality of the repaired flaws are determined from CT scans. Flightware has teamed once again with EWI, a large nonprofit R&D organization with equipment, staff and expertise in metal AdditiveManufacturing. Our team provides added value to DLA by combining in process inspection with in process control in Phase I, accelerating potential commercialization and insertion in the DLA supply chain.

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