Advanced Technologies for Discrete-Parts Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Logistics Agency
Amount:
$749,809.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W9113M-09-C-0014
Agency Tracking Number:
L072-001-0041
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
DLA07-001
Solicitation Number:
2007.2
Small Business Information
MATERIALS INNOVATION TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
320 Rutledge Road, Fletcher, NC, 28732
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
186976846
Principal Investigator:
Mark Janney
Chief Scientist
(828) 651-9646
mjanney@emergingmit.com
Business Contact:
Jim Stike
Chief Executive Officer
(828) 651-9646
jstike@emergingmit.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Materials Innovation Technologies LLC is developing a method for making polymer matrix composites fiber preforms that has the potential to revolutionize the industry. The Three Dimensional Engineered Preform (3-DEP) process represents the state-of-the art in chopped fiber preform manufacture. 3-DEP produces a homogeneous fiber distribution within parts and consistent part weight and dimensions from part-to-part. Through our efforts in the DLA SBIR Phase I project we have identified DoD contractors that are interested in the 3-DEP process to manufacture a wide range of discrete components. They include: VX Aerospace - replacement spare parts for helicopters; Army Research Laboratory - helmets for soldiers; Boeing - interior parts for aircraft, and processing of reclaimed/recycled carbon fiber; Sikorsky - composite gearbox for jet engines; Plasan USA - automotive parts. The primary effort for this project will be transitioning the 3-DEP process from the lab to a manufacturing environment at VX Aerospace. We will help VX provide cost-effective solutions to the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) at Cherry Point, NC for composite parts to replace aluminum parts on out-of-production helicopters. We will continue to work with Sikorsky, Boeing, the Army Research Laboratory, and Plasan USA to pursue avenues of interaction with them.

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