Submissions Due by September 4, 2020

Open Project Call

The America Makes Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technology Roadmap offers a means to assess the progress of prior and ongoing efforts of the institute and AM supply chain, identify technology gaps, and develop new goals/requirements to advance the state of the art for AM technology.

The Open Project Call leverages collaboration and perspectives from the membership, working groups, Roadmap Advisory Group (RMAG), and prior America Makes AM Technology Roadmap workshop efforts to create actionable focus areas which should address the needs of the membership.  Technical topic areas have been prioritized based upon input gathered from the membership, advisory groups, and working groups.  These topic areas span the five swimlanes of the AM Technology Roadmap (Design, Materials, Process, Value chain, and AM Genome) and address elements of the America Makes EWD Roadmap.

Technical Topics

Following is a list of topic areas for consideration for the 2020 Open Project Call:

  1. Digital Storefront materials data repository – development of methods, tools, and data models to facilitate the compilation, development, future prioritization, and tracking of mechanical and physical AM materials data for America Makes which will serve as a single touchpoint within the America Makes Digital Store Front
  2. Machine learning and artificial intelligence for prediction, identification, and translation of AM process parameters, quality metrics, product/material performance factors for various AM processes, materials, applications, and geometries
  3. Identification and documentation of design feature (geometry, orientation) in-situ sensing limitations for various types of AM materials and processes for in-situ defect detection and process quality monitoring (process parameters or process metrics within an acceptable range of operation).
  4. In-situ sensing process methods/practices which facilitate cross-calibration of in-situ sensing and physics-based models for metallic AM processes.  Development of methods for monitoring AM processes to validate experimental results and physics-based models or vice versa
  5. Development of environmental controls for feedstocks which impact product quality including:
    • Recyclability
    • Waste handling
    • Guidelines/recommended practices for material handling and material safety
    • Software controls
    • In-situ monitoring methods
  6. Demonstration of automated data acquisition, processing and storage for various AM processes.  Approaches should look to eliminate human error (manual data entry) and develop recommended practices for data gathering, formatting, and sharing
  7. Executive additive training courses – priority for America Makes generated and sharable content (limited or no background IP favored)
  8. Additive manufacturing courses for entry level engineering which embeds industry recognized credentials – priority for America Makes generated and sharable content (limited or no background IP favored)
  9. Cyber security for AM virtual training – priority for America Makes generated and sharable content (limited or no background IP favored)

One-Step Proposal Process

The proposal process for this America Makes Project Call is a one-step non-traditional process:

A full project proposal with a shortened format of 13 pages, as outlined in the RFP, is due by 5 p.m. EDT Friday, September 4, 2020. 

Dates/Deadlines:

Project Call Announcement and Posting 07/29/2020
Webinar at America Makes TRX 08/04/2020
Questions from Proposers about Scope or Approach Due 08/11/2020
Responses to Proposers about Scope or Approach Due

(All questions and responses will be shared with all proposers on www.americamakes.us)

08/18/2020
Deadline for all team members to be an America Makes Member 08/21/2020
Fully Executed NDA with NCDMM (if proposal contains proprietary information) 08/21/2020
Full Project Proposal Submission Due Date (Note: No Concept Paper Submission) 09/04/2020
Anticipated Decision and Notification to Project Proposal Teams 10/09/2020
Anticipated Date to have ALL Projects on Contract 11/09/2020
All project finalized reports and deliverables received by NCDMM no later than 05/28/2021

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Which members of the team need to be America Makes Members?
2. Can a team submit more than on Project Proposal?
3. How do teams ask questions regarding scope and approach?
4. Can one of our partners be a non-U.S company?
5. When submitting detailed proposals will the approaches remain confidential, so as to not jeopardize future patent applications?
6. What level of detail needs to be provided when someone is declaring background IP?
7. Who owns IP that is produced as a result of this work (including matching funds from a commercial company)? If IP is owned by America Makes, is there a requirement that IP be licensed to members, and if so, what are the terms?
1. Which members of the team need to be America Makes Members?

All team members of project team must be America Makes members by 8/21/2020.

2. Can a team submit more than on Project Proposal?

Yes, teams may submit more than one Project Proposal.

3. How do teams ask questions regarding scope and approach?

Questions should be emailed to projectcall@americamakes.us. Questions will be posted to the America Makes website according to the RFP schedule. Questions asked AFTER the scheduled Q&A session will NOT be addressed.

4. Can one of our partners be a non-U.S company?

Yes, however all foreign-owned companies must apply and be approved for foreign membership prior to proposal submission and federal dollars cannot be spent outside of the United States. It is the Lead / team’s responsibility to ensure compliance with all applicable export control laws and regulations.

5. When submitting detailed proposals will the approaches remain confidential, so as to not jeopardize future patent applications?

Yes.  The proposals will only be reviewed by the evaluation team and each team member signs a confidentiality agreement.

6. What level of detail needs to be provided when someone is declaring background IP?

The owning organization should list anything that they are leveraging that is not going to be made available to the membership at the completion of the project.  This could be a patent number or a description of the background IP that is being leveraged.

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