Micro-factory for Miniaturization, Portability and Remote Production

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-C-0088
Agency Tracking Number: N064-030-0388
Amount: $519,581.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-T030
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
4038 N Nashville Ave, Chicago, IL, 60634
DUNS: 602404514
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Honegger
 Vice-President
 (773) 282-6495
 andrew.honegger@microlution-inc.com
Business Contact
 Andrew Phillip
Title: President
Phone: (773) 282-6495
Email: andy.phillip@microlution-inc.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF ILLINOIS AT UC
 Richard E DeVor
 1206 W Green St
4408 MEL
Urbana, IL, 61801 2906
 (217) 333-3543
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
During Phase I, the authors extended the development work for an automated microfactory that began with a prototype developed 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. Phase I efforts addressed technical challenges in modularity, mass-production, micro-assembly, in-situ metrology, portability and ruggedness. Processes, design tools and proof-of-concept prototypes will be developed during Phase II for micro-assembly, metrology, modular material handling, micro hard-turning, advanced kinematic coupling pallet systems, environmental control, incoming material processing and cleaning and post processing. During the Phase II Option, these systems will be specialized for the particular ball-bearing application associated with the microfactory DoD customer. The result of Phase II and the Option will be the 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. The system will be tested and demonstrated, achieving Technology Readiness Level 7 and leading shortly to widespread commercialization.

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