SBIR Program

DSM is an active participant in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.  The SBIR program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

Since the company's founding in 1998, DSM has been awarded more than forty SBIR contracts from U.S. government agencies.  DSM's commercialization of the technologies stemming from these contracts has produced millions in commercial sales


Reliable Linear Valve Actuator for Cryogenic Propellant Fluid Control

SBIR Contract: https://www.sbir.gov/sbirsearch/detail/411932

DSM just finished the second phase of an SBIR effort to develop a unique technology that promises many advantages in the field of cryogenic actuation.  DSM's patent-pending technology cuts down significantly on costs and highly simplifies the system as a whole.  Currently the technology is at a level of TRL 5.  A driver has also been developed and extensively tested.


Non-Inductive Control Surface Actuator

SBIR Contract: https://www.sbir.gov/sbirsearch/detail/385243

DSM demonstrated an inexpensive, non-inductive actuation mechanism that can be used in a canard actuation system (CAS) without adding noise or bias to the measurements of onboard magnetometers during guidance and fuzing operations of miniaturized precision munitions.

Canard Actuation SYstem Actuator; Non-inductive with no measurement noise or bias.

Cryogenic Piezoelectric Research

DSM has completed multiple SBIRs related to Propellant/Cryogenic Piezo Electric Actuators and Valves

SBIR Contracts: 
Reliable Actuator for Cryo Propellant Fluid Control
High Reliability Cryogenic Piezoelectric Valve Actuator
Cryogenic Rotary Piezoelectric Motor
Precision Motorized Cryo/Vacuum Stage


High Power Rotary Actuator for Kinetic Energy Weapons

SBIR Contract: https://www.sbir.gov/sbirsearch/detail/385561

DSM developed a rotary piezoelectric driven actuator for use in the Sandia RAZAR Adaptive Zoom Rifle Scope. 

Sandia National Labs: Adaptive zoom riflescope prototype has push-button magnification

POPULAR SCIENCE: Sandia Labs Reveals New Sniper Sight

gizmag: RAZAR riflescope brings push-button zoom to the battlefied 


Parallel Kinematic Actuator with Reduced Size and Improved Performance

SBIR Contract: https://www.sbir.gov/sbirsearch/detail/383759

DSM designed an "actively compliant" end-effector that uses parallel kinematics and force feedback.  The end-effector can be fixed to the end of a conventional articulated robot. Using its high bandwidth in six axes of motion and force feedback, the end-effector is able to correct for compliance and shifts in the position of the patient. Thus, controlled contact can be maintained between the ultrasound device and the patient.