Morris Technologies, Inc. (MTI), Cincinnati, USA, has been awarded their second Small Business Innovation Research grant from the US federal government for research on a fabrication process using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS).
Working under the auspices of Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC), MTI will be conducting research to develop a highly accurate fabrication process for small balances that measure aerodynamic forces and moments on wind tunnel models. The goal is to use direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) to manufacture balances with internal features, like channels for cooling or for wire routing. Stainless steel 15-5 is the alloy to be used in the research.
Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) is a process developed by EOS that builds parts with complex geometries directly from a 3D CAD file. The parts are built using fine metal powder that is sintered, layer by layer, using a high-power laser. Morris Technologies was first to introduce DMLS to the United States in 2003 and has since maintained its status as the global leader in additive metal manufacturing.
Lloyd Fields, VP of the Federal Business Unit at Morris Technologies, states, “We are ideally positioned to conduct research on this level and achieve the desired results. We are looking forward to the opportunity to work with Arnold Engineering Development Center in this endeavour.” The project is expected to take up to nine months to complete.
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