This NASA SBIR Phase I proposal presents an unprecedented laser additive manufacturing system for making radiation shielding components, by mixing various powders that effectively shield neutron and gamma radiation. With our successful history in additive manufacturing, this proposal has a great potential to succeed. A proof of concept demonstration will be carried out and samples will be delivered at the end of Phase 1. Prototypes in compliant with the neutron and gamma radiation shielding requirement will be delivered at the end of Phase II.
In addition to NASA’s radiation shield manufacturing, the proposed pulsed laser AM process can also be used in other applications, such as space vehicle, aircraft, and satellite manufacturing. PolarOnyx will develop a series of products to meet various requirements for commercial/military deployments.