Micro-factory for Miniaturization, Portability and Remote Production

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$99,998.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-06-M-0306
Agency Tracking Number:
N064-030-0388
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
N06-T030
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
MICROLUTION, INC.
2010 W. Fulton St Suite C-318, Chicago, IL, 60612
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
602404514
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Phillip
President, CEO
(312) 637-9759
andy.phillip@microlution-inc.com
Business Contact:
Andrew Phillip
President, CEO
(312) 637-9759
andy.phillip@microlution-inc.com
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CH
Kathy Young
Office of Sponsored Programs 1
Champaign, IL, 61820
(217) 333-6323
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The authors developed an automated microfactory prototype at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005 as part of a grant from the US Army Aviation and Missile Command. The prototype provided proof-of-concept for important microfactory technologies, and revealed gaps between the state-of-the-art and the Navy microfactory requirements listed in the solicitation. The proposed innovations address the technical challenges in modularity, mass-production, micro-assembly, in-situ metrology, portability and ruggedness. A distributed control scheme, a modularized material conveyance system and a uniform mechanical and electrical interface system will be developed to address modularity requirements. New systems for automated processing of incoming material and automated micro-assembly of Navy devices will be designed. Generalized micro/meso-scale metrology capabilities will be provided through alternative sensor technologies and a new data collection and processing algorithm. An analysis of microfactory performance and capability metrics versus the specification level for portability and ruggedness will be created. Special focus will be given to the microfactory environmental control system. Phase I will provide the top-level designs for the phase II production of a microfactory system that is both deployable for on-site, rapid-response production of high-value defense applications and commercially viable for a broad range of non-defense applications.BENEFITS: The microfactory product resulting from the proposed development will provide both DoD and commercial vendors with micro-scale production capabilities that deliver lowered capital and operating costs and improved performance compared with traditional technologies. These capabilities will improve existing DoD and commercial micro-manufacturing applications and enable new, advanced applications. The proposed innovations will also have commercial benefits through improved micro-machining process capabilities (for immediate use at Microlution) in the areas of metrology and micro-assembly. Additional benefits will be gained through improved micro/meso-scale machine tool (mMT) design from the modularity, portability and ruggedness development work included in the proposal.

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