Affordable 3-Dimensional Ceramic Discrete Parts via Additive PDC Technology

Period of Performance: 09/30/2015 - 09/29/2016

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Nanosonic, Inc.
158 Wheatland Drive Array
Pembroke, VA 24136
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The DLA Distribution Acquisitions Office acquires supplies and services for Defense Distribution Depots worldwide, such as packaging materials and equipment to support the DOD distribution network. NanoSonic is a small materials company that has worked to demonstrate the feasibility of manufacturing ground-breaking nanomaterials as environmentally friendly, safe, high performance products for defense prime customers. Our recent focus has been on delivering affordable, reliable, and innovative discrete parts as a certified green supplier. NanoSonic proposes to demonstrate an affordable method for the production of discrete, 3-dimensional fire blocking parts to DLA Aviation with our Phase II and procurement partner, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Cost-effective innovations in durable 3-D ceramic parts production have been inadequate to date. For example, 3-D printing requires significant up-front investment and is limited in materials input and its utility to produce ceramic parts. NanoSonic offers a highly affordable alternative: Polymer Derived Ceramic (PDC) Additive Lamination of 3-D fire blocking structures with fine features. NanoSonic shall increase the MRL from 4?5 during Phase I via customer approval, and to MRL7 during Phase II via cost reduction. Phase III shall be achieved upon DLA distribution of NanoSonic?s 3-D ceramic aerospace parts and aviation packaging materials at the DOD EMALL.