Additive Manufacturing of Ion Thruster Optics

Period of Performance: 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014

$125K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Plasma Controls, LLC
1180 La Eda Lane
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Abstract

Plasma Controls will manufacture and test a set of ion optics for electric propulsion ion thrusters using additive manufacturing technology, also known as 3D printing. Additive manufacturing can potentially produce optics with novel or complex geometry that have better performance compared to those made traditionally, while also giving cost and mass savings.