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