NASA STTR 2014 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 T12.04-9972
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Experimental and Analytical Technologies for Additive Manufacturing
PROPOSAL TITLE: In-Process Monitoring of Additive Manufacturing

NAME: Mound Laser & Photonics Center, Inc. NAME: Air Force Institute of Technology
STREET: 2941 College Drive STREET: 2950 Hobson Way
CITY: Kettering CITY: Wright-Patterson AFB
STATE/ZIP: OH  45420 - 1172 STATE/ZIP: OH  45433 - 7765
PHONE: (937) 865-3730 PHONE: (937) 255-3633

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Glen Perram
2950 Hobson Way
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 - 7765
(937) 255-3636 Extension :4504

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Kevin Hartke
2941 College Dr.
Kettering, OH 45420 - 1172
(937) 865-3730

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Experimental and Analytical Technologies for Additive Manufacturing 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)
The key innovation in this project is the implementation of an Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer (IFTS) for in situ metal additive manufacturing process monitoring. In this Phase I STTR project, Mound Laser & Photonics Center, a developer of laser based additive manufacturing processing, will collaborate with the Air Force Institute of Technology, with expertise and innovative hardware for spectroscopy, to implement the IFTS in a Selective Laser Melting (SLM) R&D test bed to demonstrate advanced strategies for process control and in situ quality assurance such as: (1) automatic detection of the molten area in various layers, (2) in situ release of stresses induced by temperature gradients, and (3) real-time control of alloy composition and minimization of contaminants. These capabilities with facilitate the manufacture of parts with complex geometries with improved microstructures and properties.

In Phase I we intend to: (1) prove the utility of the IFTS for monitoring SLM processing of metals and alloys, (2) determine surface temperatures with a statistical accuracy of better than 4 oC, systematic accuracy of better than 10 oC and a dynamic range of up to 2000 oC, and provide rapid (1 kHz), automatic identification of the molten area, (3) track changes in chemical composition due to evaporation, oxidation, and melt expulsion, (4) reduce data dimensionality and correlate these IFTS sensor features with manufacture quality metrics, and (5) design the concept for a Phase II prototype sensor suite that focuses on key aspects of the IFTS datascape to inexpensively emulate the IFTS. In Phase II, a prototype optical sensor will be developed for process control of metallic additive manufacture of lightweight, reliable, low cost structures.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The technology developed under this SBIR project will be applicable to improvement of the manufacture of any metal component made, or potentially made, by selective laser melting (SLM), this includes an enormous number of key aerospace parts that are required in low volumes that could be redesigned for lighter weight, but have not due to quality limitations with current additive manufacturing methods. This technology would open up that market space.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Aerospace applications for SLM produced components mirror that for NASA, but with an expanded range of components. MLPC also anticipated using this technology for microfabrication of compoents for the medical device sector.

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.)
In Situ Manufacturing
Lasers (Machining/Materials Processing)
Process Monitoring & Control
Processing Methods

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