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Additive Friction Stir Deposition for In-Space Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC20C0351
Agency Tracking Number: 205627
Amount: $124,961.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z3
Solicitation Number: SBIR_20_P1
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-08-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-03-01
Small Business Information
2904 Westcorp Blvd Suite 210
Huntsville, AL 35805-6437
United States
DUNS: 832864370
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Greg Finney
 (256) 319-2026
Business Contact
 Billy Todd
Phone: (256) 319-2026
Research Institution

IERUS Technologies proposes to investigate utilization of additive friction stir deposition (AFS-D), to robotically fabricate and repair large structures in the external space environment. The AFS-D process, commercially known as MELD, provides a new path for coating, joining, repairing and additively manufacturing metals and metal matrix composites The MELD process produces fully-dense, near net-shape structures in open atmospheric conditions without secondary post processing. MELD is a fast, low-power, fully scalable, deposits almost any metal on the market and builds complex 3-D structures without support material. MELD also offers a unique opportunity for in-orbit recycling applications. The MELD process is a capable platform for recycling, using scrap metal chips and damaged components as feedstock to additively manufacture new. MELD could be the technique that unlocks in-space manufacturing potential while simultaneously mitigating orbital debris. The MELD additive manufacturing technique is well suited for on-orbit manufacturing and will bring tremendous advantages.

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