NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 171 Z3.01-8440
SUBTOPIC TITLE: In-Situ Sensing of Additive Manufacturing Processes for Safety-Critical Aerospace Applications
PROPOSAL TITLE: In-Situ Sensing of Additive Manufacturing Process for safety-Critical Aerospace Applications

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Alpha STAR Corp
5150 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 650
Long Beach, CA 90804 - 3337
(562) 961-7827

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Frank Abdi
fabdi@alphastarcorp.com
5150 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 650
Long Beach, CA 90804 - 3337
(562) 961-7827 Extension :122

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Kay Matin
kmatin@alphastarcorp.com
5150 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 650
Long Beach, CA 90804 - 3337
(562) 961-7827 Extension :130

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 6

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
In-Situ Sensing of Additive Manufacturing Processes for Safety-Critical Aerospace Applications is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Certification of fabricated components is an important subject in AM research. Adequate quality inspection of finished parts is challenging and non-destructive-techniques are often difficult to realize. The development of an online in-situ sensing is vital for component qualification and certification. The proposed project will support the goals of ICME through the development of an in situ monitoring system for AM. The system will enable the operator to monitor quality of an AM job online and assess quality of the finished part. The system consists of two major developments in hardware and software. The first development is the design of a complete sensor setup. Sensors ensure a high-quality measurement of melt pool and as-spread/as-processed layer surfaces. Open-source control software will transfer sensing-data at high sample rates sufficient for process monitoring. The second development is the data analysis system to translate and visualize measured sensor values in the format of interpretable process quality images. The visualization is accomplished by a mapping algorithm, which transfers measurements from a time-domain into a position-domain representation. The processed data will feed into ICME tool to predict the void formation, residual stress, damage, oxidation, and other anomalies.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA will benefit from development of in-process sensing and monitoring technologies for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing. Technology will improve quality of processes used to produce critical components, deliver tighter control of manufacturing defects, increase potential for AM material customization, reduce scarp rate and ensure that As-designed equals As-built. NASA's major commitment to AM has included research for improved part production, innovations related to habitat construction, benefits of multi-materials and conductive ink. All of these programs would benefit from the current research. More significantly, much of this working is being undertaken by large and small contractors that support NASA. Commercialization of technology would ensure that benefits of this technology would reach those businesses and support their research and product development requirements. In that regard, ASC will work with existing customers Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop-Grumman and Aerojet-Rocketdyne to apply the technology to active NASA programs.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Numerous federal and commercial entities have committed resources of money and personnel to additive manufacturing research and technology. The proposed effort will support development of an in situ monitoring system for AM. The finished system will enable the operator to monitor quality of an AM job online and assess quality of the finished part. This capacity is needed for product certification and elimination of trial and error. ASC team will work with partners to disseminate information related to the technology within the AM community. Proposed strategy to commercialize innovation would involve a coordinated program between ASC, Dassault Systemes and select hardware manufacturers to transition technology to commercial printers. Combined financial strength of all three parties would ensure the success of the effort. ASC will explore similar partnerships and sales agreements with other vendors. ASC will work with Boeing to apply technology to AM programs associated with other strategic partners

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.)
Characterization
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE; NDT)
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)
Positioning (Attitude Determination, Location X-Y-Z)
Quality/Reliability
Simulation & Modeling
Software Tools (Analysis, Design)
Thermal
Verification/Validation Tools

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