The anticipated result of the proposed program (Phase I, II and III) is the development of a manufacturing decision tree model (MDTM) that can inform the component designer the most rapid manufacturing pathways to produce a prototype part. The anticipated results of the Phase I and II programs is a software framework that could be imported into existing 3D design software with a TRL of 5 or greater, and a technology transition plan for implementation at a NASA facility or OEM. Commercial applications of the proposed approach include any component that has the potential to be produced via AM processes. Applications for this technology exist in many turbine and turbomachinery sectors including NASA military rocket applications, DOE ground energy systems, DoD tactical and strategic missiles, enhancing component efficiency, thrust, specific impulse, and maneuvering. We envision this technology application in other areas including: space re-entry vehicles, diver and attitude control systems, gun barrels, hypersonic propulsion, nuclear reactors, gas turbines, or any other technology that suffers from weight restriction and high manufacturing cost due to the large amount of material consumption and extensive machining steps.
In addition to the NASA, the proposed technology will be of interest to other agencies, including Army, Navy, and Air Force. Additional technology maturation, test, and evaluation funding will also be sought from other NASA and DoD program offices for specific AM components. Faraday will established strategic partner relationships with some of the OEM manufacturers of NASA components and is well placed to transition the technology to those OEMs.