Defense-wide Manufacturing Science & Technology (DMS&T)
The recent BAA has now closed, responses were due Jan 29th, 2016. To view the announcement, click here or search for Solicitation Number: BAA-AFRL-RQKM-2016-0006.
DMS&T was established in FY08 to complement each service’s ManTech program. The goal is to focus on cross-cutting defense manufacturing needs – those that are beyond the ability of a single service to address – and to stimulate the early development of manufacturing processes and enterprise business practices concurrent with S&T development to achieve the largest cost-effective impact.
- Advanced Electronics and Optics Manufacturing
- Advanced Materials Manufacturing
- Enterprise and Emerging Manufacturing
- Industrial Base Innovation Fund (IBIF)
- Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation
Information for Industry
What Makes a Good DMS&T Project?
Fits DMS&T scope
- Significantly enhances manufacturability/producibility
- Beyond the risk of industry or a single program office
- Defense essential or defense unique
Joint service warfighter impact
- Multi-service, multi-system applications
- Significant to warfighting capability; solves a warfighting problem
Clear magnitude of impact:
- capability, cost, cycle time, process yield improvement, faster time to implementation, number of systems impacted, positive ROI, or other quantifiable merits
- Sound technical approach
- Key metrics for measuring manufacturing and project success identified
- Maturity at start not less than MRL 3
- Maturity at end no greater than MRL 7
- Clear transition/implementation path to warfighter or to the next funding agent
What is NOT a Good DMS&T Project?
Investments not beyond the risk of industry or a program office
- Routine application of existing technology for the production of specific equipment, manufacturing systems, or parts
- Implementation of manufacturing technology beyond the first-case application
Investments that do not develop manufacturing technology
- Investments specifically intended to change an end item's design
- Purchase of off-the-shelf capital equipment
- Purchase of capital facilities
- Material qualification
- ISO certification
- Building LRIP articles or quantities
- A technology application unique to a single weapon system or a single military service
Information for Government Project Leads
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- Expectations for managing a DMS&T project
- Instructions for submitting a DMS&T project proposal
- DMS&T proposal template
Examples of Current Projects
- Adaptive Machining
- Advanced RF Packaging
- America Makes
- Automated NDE of Composite Ultrasonic Inspection Data
- Cast Eglin Steel for Force Protection and Lethality
- Cold Spray (CS) Repair & Rebuild Technology
- EODAS ROIC Producibility
- Electro-Optical Targeting System Producibility for F-35 (IBIF)
- MTConnect® Challenge
- NDI for Electron-Beam Additive Mfg of Titanium
- On Tool Inspection of Automated Fiber Placement
- Enabling Mfg Technologies for Large Optical Windows
- Silicon Carbide High Efficiency Power Switches
- Slurry Dip Automation
- Standard High Energy Storage Modules
- Technical Data Packages for the Digital Enterprise
- Transparent Ceramics - Sapphire
Improved Manufacturing Processes and Affordability of Chip Scale Atomic Clocks
DoD ManTech invested in improving the manufacturing processes and affordability of the Chip Scale Atomic Clocks. Collaboration between DMS&T, Army, and GPS Directorate program offices resulted in automating key manufacturing processes of the physics package and expanded the practical CSAC usage markets by lowering the cost. The expected return on investment is 42:1.
Reduced Cost, Weight and Number of Batteries for the Army’s LRAS3
DMS&T, Army and DLA formed a team to integrate newly developed, proven cell technology and battery electronics into the production design of an advanced lithium power source, which would reduce the battery system weight significantly. The impact of the $1.2M ManTech investment has reduced the Battery System weight by 75% and netted a cost savings of $12.5M. The new auxiliary charging capability eliminates the need for additional charging equipment benefiting the warfighter greatly.
3D – Airfoil Inspection (3DAI)
The current processes for inspecting complex airfoil designs are too slow for full rate/surge production or efficient maintenance operations. The 3DAI system has achieved 2 - 4 min airfoil inspection times (93-96% reduction). Additional advantages afforded by the technology include reduced airflow variation (which could also enable decreases to total cooling flow), increased engine efficiency, lower fuel consumption, and potentially longer component service life due to better control of cooling at critical locations.
Risk Assessment for Next Generation Supply Chain Readiness (RANGER)
The RANGER project baselines and categorizes the elements of risk associated with defined supply chains. Metrics are established based on the risks to provide the appropriate information for action. With various studies and supplier surveys offering development guidance, a software simulation package called Risk Assessment and Decision Analysis for Supply Chain Readiness (RADAR) was developed using real supply chain data.
Conformal Load-bearing Antenna Structures (CLAS)
The weight and profile of the conventional VHF blade antenna has an adverse affect on performance and operation costs. These issues along with the technical maturity of “spray-on” or Direct Write (DW) type of antennas has lead to investment to advance the manufacturing maturity of DW Conformal Load-Bearing Antenna Structures (CLAS). The goal was to develop a fully deposited, highly durable, structurally integrated antenna element that will replace an existing parasitic blade antenna.
Out-of-Autoclave Processing of New Bismaleimide (BMI) Resin Materials For Aerospace Structures
Current Bismaleimide (BMI) resins require fabrication in an autoclave to achieve aerospace quality. Avoiding autoclave processing enables an increased supplier base and drives down capital investments and material costs. A recent breakthrough in BMI resin technology created an opportunity for cost savings and fabrication improvements for composite aerospace components. The new discovery eliminates the need for components to be cured in an autoclave, which allows the resin to be used for much larger components, and for field and depot repair.
In-line Fiber Tow Coating for Ceramic Matrix Composites
A key component of fabricating CMC parts goes back to proper coating of the silicon carbide (SiC) fiber tows. The In-Line Fiber Tow Coating for CMCs effort converts a CMC multi-step batch process to a single step process thereby reducing new and legacy engine manufacturing costs. This project will result in a stream-lined manufacturing process with higher throughput, which will achieve future CMC demands for the T700 and other legacy engines, and opens the door for the technology’s use in other applications.
Improved Design Effectiveness through Next Generation Visualization (IDEV)
The goal of this effort is to create commercial software to integrate design tools with immersive visualization. This will allow teams to more effectively implement innovative solutions to demanding performance requirements using visual prototypes.
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