Advanced Materials for Rapid Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-03-M-0274
Agency Tracking Number: N033-0040
Amount: $69,959.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2003
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Extrude Hone Corp.
1 Industry Blvd, P.O. Box 1000, Irwin, PA, 15642
Duns: 002943975
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Larry Otto
 General Manager
 (360) 373-0529
Business Contact
 Hilary Gilmore
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (724) 863-5900
Research Institution
 Rhonda Anderson
 Dept of Mechanical Engineering, Box 352600
Seattle, WA, 98195
 (360) 782-5521
 Nonprofit college or university
The goal of the proposed project is to identify, develop, and evaluate potentially advantageous material systems appropriate for rapid manufacturing by three dimensional printing (3DP) for military, commercial, and dual-use applications. This shall includea cost-effective experimentation system for identification of promising material combinations using: (i) generic principals of alloy design; (ii) fabrication of demonstration components to determine feasibility; and (iii) characterization of baselinematerial property information. This effort will lead to significant compression of materials system development for rapid prototyping and manufacturing by reducing the time for selecting and qualifying new or alternative materials and applications.Findings from Phase I will direct Phase II future work for development of selected materials and manufacturing parameters and to demonstrate rapid material qualification on weapon system components. The benefits of 3DP manufacturing include performanceimprovements and significant cost savings through reduction of time for building and testing new parts and prototypes, and fabrication of components directly from either CAD drawings or digitized artifacts. Significant acquisition costs are associated withextended development cycles of prototyping, test, and build; direct design to manufacturing using 3DP offers a rapid mechanism for validation of new products. 3DP provides a substantial dual-use application in direct response to the DoD's critical needs toquickly and economically provide spare parts for aging legacy weapons systems and eliminate the need for an extensive inventory of widely varied parts which must be routinely and automatically procured in order to maintain an adequate sustainmentstockpile.

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