NASA STTR 2014 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 T12.03-9924
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Additive Manufacturing of metal Plus Insulator Structures with sub-mm Features
PROPOSAL TITLE: MicroCast: Additive Manufacturing of Metal Plus Insulator Structures with Sub-mm Features

NAME: Made in Space, Inc. NAME: University of Central Florida
STREET: 427 North Tatnall Street, #56666 STREET: 4000 Central Florida Boulevard
CITY: Wilmington CITY: Orlando
STATE/ZIP: DE  19801 - 2230 STATE/ZIP: FL  32816 - 8005
PHONE: (650) 701-7722 PHONE: (407) 823-4456

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Matthew Napoli
2436 N Forbes Ave
Claremont, CA 91711 - 1717
(909) 702-5578

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Jason Dunn
427 North Tatnall Street, #56666
Wilmington, DE 19801 - 2230
(727) 808-9936

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Additive Manufacturing of metal Plus Insulator Structures with sub-mm Features is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
A novel method for fabricating electronics containing both metals and polymers can be adapted to quickly and effectively produce micro-well sensors. The process revolves around creating a polymeric part through additive manufacturing, leaving voids and trace capillaries. Once the polymer structures are completed, molten metal is injected into these trace capillaries, which create a path to the voids in the printed parts. Capillary forces cause the liquid metal to wick into the capillary channels, filling the voids before solidifying. Unlike competing metal additive manufacturing techniques, the parts can be created with 100% dense metal elements that have low surface roughness and are completely compatible with the surrounding polymer.

The proposed objective is to adapt the process specifically for the fabrication of the micro-well detectors required by the AdEPT mission.

The overall objective of this proposal is to develop the liquid metal injection process for use with the high-resolution additive manufacturing methods made available through the UCF team, in order to allow for the creation of metal/polymer parts with sub-mm features. A further goal of the program will be to generalize the process in order to expand into other NASA projects, as well as enable a variety of commercial products.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The medium-energy gamma ray polarimeter for the Advance Energetic Pair Telescope (AdEPT) mission is the primary application for the micro-well detectors. Other applications include future space telescopes, circuit boards, waveguides, charged particle trackers, and sensors for biological testing. With plans for Made In Space's 3D printer and casting systems to be integrated into the ISS in the near future, in-space fabrication of micro-electronics could provide unique new applications for NASA.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The hybrid additive manufacturing process will lead to products and abilities that traditional manufacturing are incapable of achieving. Such techniques could lead to customized microscale electronics including electronics that can be integrated around structures. Microscale manufacturing techniques could also be used for customized medical applications, like for small sutures or prosthetic parts.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Manufacturing Methods
Materials (Insulator, Semiconductor, Substrate)
Microfabrication (and smaller; see also Electronics; Mechanical Systems; Photonics)
Processing Methods
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)
Telescope Arrays
X-rays/Gamma Rays

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