Methods to rapidly optimize materials for Additive Manufacturing processes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-13-M-5061
Agency Tracking Number: F131-124-0886
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: AF131-124
Solicitation Number: 2013.1
Small Business Information
Harvest Technologies
815 Kirkley Blvd, Belton, TX, -
DUNS: 030730763
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Leigh
 President
 (254) 933-1000
 dkleigh@harvest-tech.com
Business Contact
 David Leigh
Title: President
Phone: (254) 933-1000
Email: dkleigh@harvest-tech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
ABSTRACT: The objective of this proposal is to build a foundation for the modeling of polymer powders for use in laser sintering (LS). These models will attempt to provide a basis for characterizing new LS material candidates, establishing a fundamental understanding of material behavior so that existing molding grade polymers can be adapted for use in LS, and qualifying LS feedstock for use in production. BENEFIT: Increased adaptation of LS grade polymers which should lead to decreased raw material costs, increased supply chain security, and broader mechanical properties. In addition, will potentially create a tool to help manage powder feedstock through recycling and mapping process parameters to measured powder quality.

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