STTR Phase I: A Multi-Axis Planning System (MAPS) for Direct Fabrication Processes

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0637796
Agency Tracking Number: 0637796
Amount: $149,500.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: MI
Solicitation Number: NSF 06-553
Small Business Information
11513 Pine Forest Dr., 6745 HOLLISTER AVENUE, Rolla, MO, 65401
DUNS: 148054179
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Jianzhong Ruan
 (573) 578-6799
Business Contact
 Lisa Liou
Title: PhD
Phone: (573) 308-7175
Research Institution
 Univ of MO Rolla
 Frank H Liou
 1870 Miner Circle, 202 UC
Rolla, MO, 65409-1330
 (573) 341-4603
 Nonprofit college or university
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project will research and develop an innovative Multi- Axis Planning System, or MAPS, for layered manufacturing processes. The objectives of this Phase I research project is to explore the feasibility of developing an efficient MAPS algorithm to drive the manufacturing system and to actually test the algorithm in a production machine with the participating industrial partners. This proposed research will demonstrate the feasibility to develop an efficient and robust planning and control system for a multi-axis machine to build general 3-D mechanical parts. If successful, the proposed project will bring fully automated multi-axis control capability into layered manufacturing industry to produce functional metal parts with complicated shapes. Such a capability will lead to dramatic reductions in lead time and manufacturing costs for high-value, low-volume components, such as gas turbine engine cases, complex unitized airframes, and other products built from expensive raw materials or requiring high-cost finishing operations. This innovative manufacturing technology will also enable establishment of forward-deployed component repair and system sustainability.

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