STTR Phase II: Modulation-Assisted Deep Hole Drilling of Micro/Meso-Scale Biomedical Components

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0822879
Agency Tracking Number: 0637644
Amount: $499,660.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: MI
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
1800 Woodland Avenue, West Lafayette, IN, 47906
DUNS: 622439581
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Mann
 MS
 (765) 479-6215
 jbmann@m4sciences.com
Business Contact
 James Mann
Title: MS
Phone: (765) 479-6215
Email: jbmann@m4sciences.com
Research Institution
 Purdue University
 Srinivasan Chandrasekar
 302 Wood Street
West Lafayette, IN, 47907 2108
 (765) 494-3623
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II project aims to develop a Modulation-Assisted Machining (MAM) system with novel capabilities for micro/meso-scale deep-hole drilling of biomedical components. The system is structured around a new device; an accessory developed for computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools. This new device superimposes a low-frequency sinusoidal modulation onto machining processes enabling controlled chip formation and easy disposal, enhanced lubrication of tool-chip contact, reduces energy consumption, and, potentially, a reduction in tool wear. When implemented in the appropriate system framework, unprecedented increases in productivity and efficiency of deep-hole drilling processes are envisaged. The broader impact/commercial potential of this project will be commercialize MAM technology in manufacturing of biomedical components and related applications in automotive and aerospace fluid systems manufacturing. Complemented by a strong education and training program. By driving the development of a class of clean machining processes with reduced effluent streams and energy consumption, and improved efficiency, this project will impact sustainable manufacturing for the discrete products sector, with broad societal benefits.

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