Ink-Jet Printing of Gradient Index of Refraction Lenses

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$375,834.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DAAH0101CR175
Award Id:
55439
Agency Tracking Number:
00SB1-0093
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1104 Summit Avenue, Plano, TX, 75074
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
144937919
Principal Investigator:
W. Cox
Principal Scientist
(972) 578-8076
rcox@microfab.com
Business Contact:
Donald Hayes
President & CEO
(972) 578-8076
dhayes@microfab.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
We propose to develop a rapid prototyping/manufacturing technology for the direct-write fabrication of optical components, including GRIN (Gradient index of Refraction) lenses up to 6 inches in diameter. We will build a GRIN Lens Printing Platform whichwill utilize a 3D ink-jet printing approach with multiple print heads having fluids of differing refractive index, and we will use this machine to form GRIN lenses directly from CAD file inputs derived from optical models. We will develop sets of opticalmaterial formulations for printing, beginning with ultraviolet-curing optical epoxies and evolving toward low-melting-point infrared glasses. The commercializable

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