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Free Form Fibers (FFF), working in partnership with Alfred University, seeks to develop a critical concept design for a strategic million fiber manufacturing facility in New York State. This will prepare FFF for investment and scale-up of their novel approach that uses laser chemical vapor deposition (LCVD) to grow a wide variety of value-added fibers. Prof. Holly Shulman, from Alfred University, will serve as principal investigator, leading a design team of engineering students to interface with FFF to analyze facility needs to accommodate a completely new concept in fiber manufacturing. The team will specify the physical and technical parameters of laser banks, power, cooling, gas handling, and analytical equipment, with a goal of minimizing handling and optimizing process flow.


Erik Vaaler
Chief Engineer

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