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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-0102
Agency Tracking Number: L181-002-0104
Amount: $99,616.00
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): 2018-08-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-02-19
Small Business Information
8916 Adams St. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
United States
DUNS: 800669884
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Eric Biedermann
 (505) 338-2576
Business Contact
 Jeanette Ruiz
Phone: (505) 315-1505
Research Institution

The DLA requires a set of procedures for acceptance of repairs and replacement parts made with additive manufacturing (AM). A critical component of that acceptance procedure will be tools for monitoring and control of AM processes. Vibrant Corporation provides process monitoring and control and nondestructive evaluation (NDE) services based on its Process Compensated Resonance Testing (PCRT) technology. Vibrant proposes to develop an integrated approach to AM process monitoring centered on PCRT and X-ray diffraction (XRD), with other sensors included to provide build process data. During the Phase I project, Vibrant will identify complementary sensors and develop a plan for an integrated multi-sensor approach. Vibrant will also conduct technology demonstrations highlighting PCRT and XRD capabilities for AM process monitoring. The technology demonstrations will show the correlations of AM process variations to PCRT and XRD results. Vibrants PCRT services perform process monitoring and control and NDE for many manufacturing processes, including AM, for a wide range of commercial customers. Vibrant will use that experience to develop its integrated approach and implement it within the DoD and commercial markets.

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