Inkjet Automation for Random Printing of Multifunctional Camouflage Theater Patterns

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8201-05-P-1003
Agency Tracking Number: F051-273-1697
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-273
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 618, Christiansburg, VA, 24068
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Bortner
 Research Scientist
 (540) 953-1785
Business Contact
 Richard Claus
Title: President
Phone: (540) 953-1785
Research Institution
The purpose of the proposed Air Force SBIR Phase I program is to develop an automated inkjet based process for generation of random camouflage theater pattern appliqués for composite tactical shelters. Complex 2-D patterns will be fabricated via a set of computer generated graphics instructions, which can be rapidly changed "on the fly" during printing to implement pattern randomization. Inkjet printing in this manner provides an inexpensive route to precisely control pigment deposition and patterning tolerances, resulting in an automation process that minimizes environmental waste and provides significant cost and time benefits. Additionally, inkjet printing provides a method to incorporate novel ink formulations for multifunctional camouflaging, such as electrically conductive inks to provide electromagnetic shielding and thermal management inks to allow emission reduction. NanoSonic will work with large systems integrators to address specific requirements for DoD applications.

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