NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Supportability Technologies for Long-Duration Space Missions
PROPOSAL TITLE:Vacuum-Compatible Multi-Axis Manipulator/Machining Center for Long-Duration Space Missions

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
3319 21st Ave NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335-7992
(360) 876-9710

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Douglas   Beck
3319 21st Ave NW
Gig Harbor, WA  98335-7992
(360) 876-9710

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
NASA has many needs for maintenance and repair technologies for long-duration human space missions. We propose to develop a compact, portable, vacuum-compatible, multi-axis Manipulator/Machining Center (M/MC) to satisfy many of NASA's needs. Our M/MC will provide complex manipulation during: layer-additive manufacturing; collection of geometric data for reverse-engineering; real-time non-destructive evaluation; and non-destructive material property determination. Our M/MC will also finish-machine near-net-shape parts produced using layer-additive manufacturing. Design features of our M/MC will: minimize mass, volume, and power consumption while providing required capabilities; maximize life and reliability; and enable our M/MC to operate in space-based vacuum, microgravity, and partial-gravity environments. In Phase I, we will: generate a preliminary design of our M/MC; project the machining performance, mass, volume, and power consumption of our M/MC; and show how our M/MC can be integrated with layer-additive equipment. In Phase II, we will design-in-detail, build, and test a prototype M/MC. In Phase III, we will design, build, and sell M/MCs to the government and private sector.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Our Manipulator/Machining Center (M/MC) will satisfy many of NASA's needs for space-based manufacturing applications. Our compact, portable, multi-axis M/MC will perform: (1) reverse-engineering data generation; (2) additive manufacturing; (3) real-time non-destructive evaluation during layer-additive processing; (4) non-destructive material property determination; (5) recycling/generation of feedstock materials for deposition processes; and (6) five-axis subtractive manufacturing.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
We will adapt our space-based Manipulator/Machining Center (M/MC) to produce an Earth-baced M/MC for many military and private-sector manufacturing applications, including: military in-theater fabrication of spare parts; and private-sector manufacturing, including die/mold work, prototyping, small production runs, and cases in which raw materials are expensive.

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.

Data Input/Output Devices
Earth-Supplied Resource Utilization
Expert Systems
Human-Computer Interfaces
In-situ Resource Utilization
Integrated Robotic Concepts and Systems
Launch and Flight Vehicle
Optical & Photonic Materials
Portable Data Acquisition or Analysis Tools
Testing Facilities

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