R&D Magazine Names NCD Technologies to its 100 Awards List

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The Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) congratulates NCD Technologies LLC for being named to R&D Magazine’s 100 Awards List of the top technology products of 2013. NCD made the prestigious Awards List for its Nanochrystalline Diamond Pretreatment, a novel, innovative process for applying diamond coatings to extremely small tooling.

NCD founder Patrick Heaney, inventor of the advanced pretreatment process, and his team are thrilled with the award. “We are excited to have been chosen as a recipient of this award,” says Heaney. “This further validates the importance of our technology, and it clearly shows that NCD Technologies’ Diamond Coatings are not only for the micro tooling industry but can be considered a stand-alone platform technology.”

The CTC, formerly known as WEN, has worked with Heaney since 2009. Initial assistance helped Heaney secure a $150,000 Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation. Since then Heaney has optimized his proprietary platform technology of diamond coating micro tools, creating a surface with low friction that cuts more precisely, requires less power and has more longevity.

In 2012 NCD received a $600,000 Phase II SBIR award. Heaney notes that the award would have been unlikely without the help of CTC staff. “Talking to experts and having them challenge our ideas was extremely beneficial. They helped us to find a slightly different angle to pitch and sell our innovation,” says Heaney. “It gave us the confidence to talk to industry and say, ‘You need this’ rather than, ‘Do you want this?’”

According to Heaney, “I think diamond coating will be used universally across fields, especially since uncoated micro-tools don’t work well and can’t cut precisely enough.  No one else has a thinner coating as NCD.” 

NCD continues to explore new applications for its nanocrystalline technology in a wide range of industries.