Rapid Additive Manufacturing of Very Low Cost 3-Dimensional Titanium Alloy Components

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$750,042.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
SP4701-12-C-0019
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
L2-0028
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
DLA10-001
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
147518286
Principal Investigator:
Roger PhD
Senior Vice-President
(520) 574-1980
mercorp@mercorp.com
Business Contact:
James Withers, PhD
C.E.O.
(520) 574-1980
jcwithers@mercorp.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The designers, manufacturers, and end users of metal components are increasingly turning to titanium (Ti) alloys, which can provide a substantial increase in performance. However, for most of these applications, the cost of Ti components is prohibitively high. The cost of Ti sponge powder is still a small portion (e.g. 5%) of the final Ti64 component cost. The predominant cause of the high cost is the downstream processing costs to make a final shape component. This Phase II program will accomplish a dramatic reduction in the cost of finished Ti alloy components by demonstrating a new innovative low cost rapid manufacturing process being developed MER that utilizes sponge as a feed and directly produces near net shape alloy componentry. MER will work with Timet as a sponge supplier and Boeing to deliver prototypes for Army helicopter applications. The goal of this program is the confirmation of a sponge single melt direct manufacturing process for net shape Ti-6-4 components at a selling price of<$10/lb. The MER low cost process will provide a major benefit to the Defense Logistics Agency. The expected high commercial demand for this low cost, high performance titanium product will benefit the manufacture of the lower volumes typically required for defense applications.

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