Polymer Matrix Composites using Fused Deposition Modeling Technology

Period of Performance: 01/01/2012 - 12/31/2012

$125K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Materials Modification, Inc.
2809-K Merrilee Drive Array
Fairfax, VA 22031
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

University of Texas at El Paso
500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968
Institution POC

Abstract

Fused deposition modeling (FDM) is an additive manufacturing technology that allows fabrication of complex three-dimensional geometries layer-by-layer. The goal of the present proposal is to extend FDM technology to create new polymer matrix composites (PMCs) comprising of polymers and inorganic matrices. Innovative design coupled with novel PMCs can be used for cryogenic and high temperature applications. An integrated and automated process based on the FDM technology would facile large-scale manufacturing process of these PMCs. These materials can be used for making robotic components for terrestrial or extra-terrestrial applications, in aviation and defense industries, making turbine blades etc. Coupling the synthetic and cost-effective production approaches, FDM would facilitate making PMCs that can also be used for cryogenic and high temperature applications.