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Laser Additive Manufacturing of Large Scale Polymer Matrix Composite Structures

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX15CL63P
Agency Tracking Number: 154568
Amount: $124,281.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z2.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-06-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-12-17
Small Business Information
407 Front St
Schenectady, NY 12305-1036
United States
DUNS: 79645916
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Zachary August
 Project Engineer
 (518) 377-6471
Business Contact
 David Hauber
Title: Vice President of Engineering
Phone: (518) 377-6471
Research Institution

A laser heating system (LHS) for the automated fiber placement (AFP) of thermoplastic composites (TPC) has recently been developed by Automated Dynamics to technology readiness level (TRL) three. This system represents the state of the art in out of autoclave, additive manufacturing of advanced polymer matrix composite (PMC) structures. It is particularly suited for manufacture of large scale structures as there is no oven or autoclave requirement while being compatible with a wide variety of thermoplastic polymers. Now that the prototype system has been developed, additional testing is required before it will be ready for production-level manufacturing. This proposal seeks to optimize and validate the Laser AFP process while advancing to TRL 4. This will be accomplished through coupon level mechanical testing to support predictable performance, development of additively manufactured tooling concepts to enable rapid development of structures with complex geometries, and a manufacturing demonstration of this effort embodied in a structure analogous to a pressure vessel.

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