Limited Access Precision Drilling

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,661.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-06-C-0124
Agency Tracking Number:
N053-146-0398
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
METIS DESIGN CORP.
222 Third Street, Suite 3121, Cambridge, MA, 02142
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
111487588
Principal Investigator:
Kristin Jugenheimer
Chief Engineer
(617) 661-5616
kristinj@metisdesign.com
Business Contact:
Seth Kessler
President
(617) 661-5616
skessler@metisdesign.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The complex structural and assembly design of the F-35 requires precision hole drilling in areas with limited human access. Current drilling methods are limited to small, handheld, right-angle power-feed drill motors and manual, non-power-feed drill motors, which may compromise operator safety and hole quality. Metis Design Corporation (MDC) has developed an initial concept for a right-angle power-feed drilling device for applications with limited access to the desired hole location. The device uses a torsionally stiff flexible shaft to convey rotary power to the drillbit paired with conventional technology for thrust and positional accuracy. Further, the device is anchored to the work piece with a clamp, which increases both operator safety and hole quality. In addition, the power-feed system features automatic peck-drilling cycles for optimal drilling of stacks of composite materials. The proposed research includes finalizing the conceptual design and simulating the system, developing plans for construction and testing of the device, and functional testing of critical components.

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