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Rapid Manufacturing of High Power Electric Propulsion Components

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX15CC59P
Agency Tracking Number: 154821
Amount: $125,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H2.03
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-07-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-12-17
Small Business Information
1739 North Case Street
Orange, CA 92865-4211
United States
DUNS: 621604128
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Edward Chen
 Principal Investigator
 (714) 283-2118
Business Contact
 Edward Chen
Title: Business Official
Phone: (714) 283-2118
Research Institution

A flexible, lower cost approach to the rapid manufacture of high power electric propulsion components is desirable. Today's near-net fabrication technologies are extremely limited in terms of design flexibility due to reduction-based fabrication approaches. While modern additive manufacturing approaches show great promise, these still require significant development for use with higher temperature materials such as refractory metals. Considering this need for design flexibility as well as shorter development cycles, reduced costs, and minimized variance in making high power electric propulsion components, an innovative technology for rapid manufacturing that can be used with high temperature materials will be demonstrated in this work. Specifically, an additive manufacturing/metal injection molding manufacturing technology will be developed to produce a protoytpe article for a high power electric propulsion component made from a refractory alloy.

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