Titan Industries Awarded SBIR Phase I Grant for Advancing Additive Manufacturing Qualification Standards
Titan Industries, a Tempe based technology company focused on Additive Manufacturing (AM) for the aerospace industry, announced today that the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has awarded them a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant for advancing qualification standards for additively manufactured components.
Titan Industries, with the support of legacy aerospace manufacturer LAI International, has been able to leverage detailed knowledge of metal Additive Manufacturing to create a comprehensive process for the selection, design, manufacture, certification, and use of additively manufactured components for aerospace applications. This process combines component risk classification, knockdown factors, and statistical process control to produce components that are safe, predictable, and certifiable.
Titan Industries plans to use the Phase I grant to demonstrate how their certification process can be used for missile defense applications, launch vehicles, and other flight critical components with options to extend the grant up to $50,000 for continued research and a potential Phase II award of $1.0 million to prove out the process on real flight hardware. The award not only provides funds to focus on Additive Manufacturing certification for the MDA but also serves as a potential vehicle for other government funding opportunities related to AM.
If successful, Titan believes this research has the potential to establish a template for a design-to-certification cycle time of 18 months, with costs roughly around traditionally manufactured components.