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Additive Manufacturing of Inorganic Transparent Materials for Advanced Optics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68936-21-C-0039
Agency Tracking Number: N19B-028-0011
Amount: $1,597,685.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N19B-T028
Solicitation Number: 19.B
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-07-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2025-08-31
Small Business Information
300 Ringgold Industrial Parkway
Danville, VA 24540-1111
United States
DUNS: 623702557
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Francois Chenard
 (434) 483-4304
Business Contact
 Francois Chenard
Phone: (434) 483-4304
Research Institution
 University of Central Florida
 Brian Donohue
12201 Research Parkway
Orlando, FL 32826-3246
United States

 (407) 823-3778
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Additive manufacturing (AM) technology offers the capability to use multiple glass materials and to print complex freeform shape designs and gradient index (GRIN) optics.  Although AM is widely used to print commercial 3-dimension metal and plastic/polymer parts, there are no viable commercial solutions for AM of inorganic transparent glasses for high-quality optical components. The proposed Phase II work will fully develop the innovative AM process, demonstrated in Phase I, capable to produce the prescribed optics in the topic description with good control of the part geometry, full glass densification, and smooth surface quality typical of current optical lenses made of inorganic glasses.  The resulting geometry, and mechanical and microstructural properties of the produced optical components will be fully characterized to validate the effectiveness of the AM process.

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