material science &

innovative process


About INTER Materials

INTER Materials has pioneered manufacturing processes for thermoplastic matrix composite materials that provides superior ballistic performance and significant weight reduction to ballistic helmets and has engineered a PVD multiple layer film deposition system to apply Diamond-Like-Carbon (DLC) surface coatings for abrasion protection and anti-reflective (AR) optical coatings on large complex curved transparencies of polymers and glass.

A US Army SBIR Phase II contract was awarded in 2006, titled “Low Cost Manufacturing Process for Ballistic Helmets”. A successful program resulted in INTER Materials LLC being the recipient of the 2011 Army Small Business Innovation Research Achievement Award for its innovative low cost manufacturing technology of high ballistic performance helmets. The Achievement Awards were presented by Dr. Scott Fish, US Army Chief Scientist, at a ceremony on May 20th, 2011, at the Pentagon Conference Center, Washington DC. INTER Materials continues its ballistic helmets efforts for a solution to the Lightweight ACH and CVC designs.

In 2010 a SBIR Phase II Program was successfully completed where the company engineered a surface coating process by incorporating an innovative multiple layer film coating using plasma deposition processes to custom design the adhesion, hardness, and erosion/abrasion resistance properties of metals, glasses and transparent plastics such as polycarbonate and acrylics.

To design a lighter and more durable ballistic laminated glass, INTER Materials has developed advanced optical aliphatic polyurethane (PU) resins for manufacturing laminated ballistic resistant glass that are lighter and more durable than commercially available float glass. INTER Materials has introduced four new optical aliphatic PU resins to increase the durability and ballistic performance of laminated float glass, and to reduce its weight. More details can be found in an attached paper titled “Advanced Aliphatic Polyurethanes Resins for High Durability and Superior Ballistic Performance Laminated Glass”. 

Ballistic armoring of passenger cars on the assembly line using light weight composite materials were developed by INTER Materials to provide ballistic protection against handguns. Additional benefits of increased passengers comfort with the elimination of UV radiation, reduction of infra-red solar energy and reduced interior noise were achieved. Structural designs were incorporated to be able to armor the car on the assembly line with added benefits of turn-over time and cost reduction, and quality of the finished assembly. More details can be found in a paper presented at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in 2004 titled “Ballistic Armoring of Passenger Cars on the Assembly Line Adds Quality and Passengers Comfort By Using Advanced and Lightweight Composite Materials 2004.”