Significant Optical Manufacturing Advancement (SOMA) Process

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00178-05-C-3034
Agency Tracking Number: 02-0810
Amount: $1,299,630.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2002
Solicitation Topic Code: B02-004
Solicitation Number: 2002.1
Small Business Information
6767 Old Madison Pike Suite 410, Huntsville, AL, 35806
DUNS: 363526914
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joel Burcham
 Senior Scientist
 (256) 971-0036
Business Contact
 Charles Whitehead
Title: Vice President
Phone: (256) 971-0036
Research Institution
The Significant Optical Manufacturing Advancement (SOMA) program will capture the principles of Design for Assembly (DFA) and apply them to the fabrication of precision optical systems. This will provide the Navy with the ability to design optical systems that can be assembled efficiently for much lower costs. We will use the DFA discipline of axiomatic design coupled with optical design equations to establish a mathematical underpinning for our designs. Another emphasis in our designs will be their scalability from doing prototype assembly to fully automated assembly without major changes. A key to achieving these objectives will be kinematic mounting. Kinematic mounting techniques can take a variety of forms. We will systematically explore the methods that are best suited for use in optical systems. Proper mounting for optical systems requires the alignment of the optics. We will focus on creating designs that are “decoupled”, meaning the alignment of an element will not affect elements already aligned. The option in the SOMA Phase II program extends the optics DFA principles and production capability to include component and assembly automation. Our interest here is to use flexible, dual use, automated assembly lines to build defense systems.

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