Awards

$1000K

Low Cost Finishing of Optical Ceramic Domes with Embedded Grids

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Army
Topic: A13-071
Budget: 05/18/15 - 05/18/17
PI: Jessica Nelson

This proposal encompasses two opportunities, low cost finishing of monolithic optical ceramic domes with embedded grids, and low cost finishing of a novel optical ceramic domes. In Phase II we will continue to improve our manufacturing process to show a

$99.9K

3D-Printed Lightweight Optics for Directed Energy Systems

Phase 1 STTR

Institution: University of Rochester

Agency: Missile Defense Agency
Topic: MDA13-T009
Budget: 03/24/14 - 10/23/14
PI: Pete Kupinski

A significant cost and processing time reduction is realized by replacing the difficult manufacturing and machining processes associated with ceramic substrates, such as Silicon Carbide (SiC) or siliconized-SiC, with additive manufacturing or three dimensional (3D) printing. Along with reducing cost and time, additive manufacturing extends the ...

$124K

Manufacture of Free-Form Optical Surfaces with Limited Mid-Spatial Frequency Error

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Topic: 14-1-S2.04
Budget: 01/01/14 - 12/31/14
PI: Katherine M. Medicus

Our proposed innovation is a robust manufacturing process for free-form optical surfaces with limited mid-spatial frequency (MSF) irregularity error. NASA and many others have a direct and critical need for high quality free-form optical components. Free-forms can improve the optical performance of many types of optical systems when compared to ...

$99.8K

Low Cost Finishing of Optical Ceramic Domes with Embedded Grids

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Army
Topic: A13-071
Budget: 11/13/13 - 07/14/14
PI: Nathan Smith

Traditional methods of manufacturing ceramic domes with an embedded grid involves manufacturing two thin and precise domes that fit together, placing a grid between them, and bonding the assembly together. This method is costly as the optician has to make two precise domes to make embedded grid dome". For the Low Cost Finishing of optical Ceram...

$79.8K

High Precision Conformal Sensor Window

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N132-122
Budget: 09/30/13 - 04/01/14
PI: Kate Medicus

Windows that conform to an airframe shape are an essential optical element for future of sensing in aircraft and missiles. Conformal windows are challenging to manufacture due to their shape, typically with no or minimal symmetry, and specified material, typically a hard crystalline material. We aim to significantly improve the manufacturability...

$78.9K

Corrective Optics Manufacturing for Aerodynamic Infrared Domes and Conformal Sensor Windows

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N132-124
Budget: 09/30/13 - 04/01/14
PI: Matthew Brophy

Previous work at Optimax has demonstrated capability to manufacture geometrically complex freeform optics through further developments in sub-aperture polishing. Furthermore, the novel Optimax VIBE smoothing process finished optics, composed of polycrystalline ceramics, to a very fine surface roughness (~1-2nm RMS) without grain highlighting and...

$600K

Fabrication of Corrective Optics for Aerodynamic Domes

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N112-146
Budget: 09/26/12 - 10/09/14
PI: Jessica Nelson

The tangent ogive dome was developed to reduce drag during high-speed flight. In addition to the reduced drag during flight, the aerodynamic shape along with the hard ceramic material, minimizes the threat of damage due to solid or liquid airborne particles. It will be necessary for refractive corrector elements to be placed between the aerodyna...

$600K

Reduced-Cost Grinding and Polishing of Large Sapphire Windows

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N112-105
Budget: 09/21/12 - 09/20/14
PI: Jessica Nelson

This Phase II project will focus on scaling the high speed process demonstrated in the Phase I feasibility study for high speed polishing of sapphire windows. In addition to creating optical quality windows we will also be measuring the resulting strength of the windows with destructive testing.

$595K

Optically Precise Conformal Sensor Window

Phase 2 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N102-165
Budget: 12/16/11 - 12/16/13
PI: Jessica Nelson

We propose to combine novel optical generation and high speed polishing along with deterministic finishing to produce optical quality spinel conformal windows.

$79.9K

Reduced-Cost Grinding and Polishing of Large Sapphire Windows

Phase 1 SBIR

Agency: Navy
Topic: N112-105
Budget: 10/26/11 - 04/25/12
PI: Jessica Nelson

This feasibility study will focus on implementing our VIBE technology on large sapphire substrates. We have had past success with hard polycrystalline materials with removal rates 10-50x higher than conventional polishing. We feel confident that we can obtain similar high removal rates on sapphire. Most of our work will be focused on maintaining...

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