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Rapid Part Qualification Methodology of Aircraft Metallic Components using…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N111-077-1796
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N111-077
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
B6 Sigma, Inc.
41B Bisbee Court Suite B4 Santa Fe, NM -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Rapid Part Qualification Methodology of Aircraft Metallic Components using Direct Digital Manufacturing Technologies
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00014-11-M-0191
Award Amount: $77,050.00
 

Abstract:

Despite tremendous potential cost advantages, there is one very serious obstacle in the path of successful, widespread adoption of Direct Digital Manufacturing as a viable aerospace manufacturing technique: namely qualification and certification of processes, materials, and components. This roadblock to adoption is significant and dramatic. The cost implications alone of introducing a new material to aerospace, either on the airframe side or the engine side, are considerable, and the general rule of thumb is 2 years and $2M - $5M in non-recurring testing costs. Our unique approach to rapid qualification and certification combines limited and initial mechanical testing, advanced in-process sensing and process monitoring, microstructural characterization, and a statistical classification methodology that is truly multi-variate and can fuse these various inputs to result in a decision on whether or not a specific weld, deposit, or even part belongs in the same population as the nominal baseline certified parts, or is it anomalous in some way.

Principal Investigator:

Vivek Dave
Executive Vice President
(505) 438-2576
vivek@b6sigma.com

Business Contact:

Mark Cola
President
(505) 438-2576
cola@b6sigma.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

B6 Sigma, Inc.
41B Bisbee Court Suite B4 Santa Fe, NM -

EIN/Tax ID: 271865814
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No