Direct-write manufacturing techniques will enable new detector assemblies that were not previously possible with traditional assembly processes. Five detector/circuit concepts will be manufactured using this technology to answer questions regarding repeatability. This effort focuses on evaluating the repeatability for direct-write manufacturing techniques on flexible and 3-dimensional surfaces. Direct-write manufacturing has the potential to reduce mass and volume for fabrication and assembly of advanced detector concepts by reducing trace widths down to 30 microns, printing on complex geometries, and allowing new detector concept production.
The objectives of this project are to build on FY17 findings from direct-write processes by printing applications requiring direct-write prinitng on 3D rigid surfaces, and to evaluate their performance once built.More »
- Reduced mass and volume
- Potential to reduce manufacturing time for demonstrations and prototypes
- Printing dense circuitry.
- Printing circuitry in new and non-traditional patterns and shapes that are not possible with traditional circuit fabrication.
- Printing onto complex geometries and irregular shapes not limited to 2 dimensional planes.
- Printing circuitry and die pad interconnects with high accuracy which yields performance that is expected.
- These items lead to new mission ideas and possibilities which leads to new research and data, which will tell us more about the universe.
Other government agencies will be able to learn from the developed plan by potentially using it as a template to plan for other applications. A standard or guidelines for direct-write printing could also be developed from the repeatability plan. Processes can also be developed/tweaked for printing across different agencies.More »
|Organizations Performing Work||Role||Type||Location|
|Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)||Lead Organization||NASA Center||Greenbelt, MD|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||Supporting Organization||Academic||Atlanta, GA|
|Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)||Supporting Organization||NASA Center||Huntsville, AL|
|University of Delaware||Supporting Organization||Academic||Newark, DE|
|University of Maryland Laboratory for Physical Sciences||Supporting Organization||Academic|
|Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)||U.S. Government|
|Applied Nanotech, Inc.||Industry||Austin, TX|
|Army Research Laboratory||U.S. Government|
|NanoDirect LLC||Industry||Baltimore, MD|
|National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)||Academic|
|nScrypt, Inc.||Industry||Orlando, FL|
|Optomec Inc||Industry||Albuquerque, NM|
|United Technologies Research Center||Industry|