America Makes and NCDMM announce AMNOW Metals Challenge Project Call. Phase 1 is worth up to $45k in America Makes Cost Share. Phase 2 of the project is worth up to $50k in funding or America Makes Cost Share.
AMNOW Metals Challenge Project Call – Feb. 2022
Demonstrating the applicability of artificial intelligence and data analytics to laser powder bed fusion.
The AMNOW Program is seeking responses to analyze process and property data from multiple builds to identify trends, predict properties, and find anomalies in manufacturing data for laser powder bed manufactured 316L.
One-Step Proposal Process
The proposal process for this America Makes Project Call is a one-step process:
A full project proposal, as outlined in the RFP, is due by 5pm ET on Monday, February 21.
Project Call Announcement and Posting
Questions from Proposers about Scope or Approach Due (All questions to be submitted to AMNOW@ncdmm.org)
Responses to Proposers about Scope or Approach Due
(All questions and responses will be shared with all proposers on americamakes.us)
Full Project Proposal Submission Due Date (Note: No Concept Paper Submission)
Oral team presentations to Evaluation Team
Phase 1 Awardees notified
Project Agreement issued and NDAs executed
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Questions should be emailed to AMNOW@ncdmm.org. Questions will be posted to the America Makes website according to the schedule. Questions asked AFTER the scheduled Q&A session will NOT be addressed.
A valid Copy of a Military Critical Technical Data Agreement (DD2345) for each team member (entity) is required for this Project Call. It is the Lead / team’s responsibility to ensure compliance with all applicable export control laws and regulations.
When submitting detailed proposals will the approaches remain confidential, so as to not jeopardize future patent applications?
Proposals are reviewed by evaluators who are independent of teams submitting proposals and operate under a confidentiality agreement. Proposers are encouraged to seek legal counsel prior to submitting any response to this Project Call where there is a question regarding a possibility of future patent applications or the patentability of proposal concepts.
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.
Available data is 2D following ASTM E1742
Data descriptions were provided in the RFP and the industry day presentation.
The proposal should be in PowerPoint or presentation format. Limit the content to what can be presented within 15 minutes (recommend 15 slides or less).
When will we receive the DD2345 Registration form required to be submitted along with the proposal due on Feb 21, 2022?
It described only 12 builds in section 2.0 Scope/Project Objectives of ASOW 154, but section 1.0 Introduction states 36 builds. Could you please clarify this?
Each supplier built each of the 12 builds.
Every component is serialized. Build layouts will be provided.
Build files will be provided with CAD layout.
Will we get detailed information on powder reuse? For example, what were the powder handling procedures between builds?
The build plan spreadsheet records powder reuse and powder sampling. This could be asked at Q&A session with suppliers.
Will we get the thermal properties of the material? For example. Thermal conductivity, specific heat capacity, melting point, and density.
Density will be provided. Suppliers may be able to give these answers during Q&A, but they are not part of test data.
Are all the builds from Stainless Steel 316L? We see multiple materials in the excel sheets, but section 1.0 Introduction from ASOW 154 states SS 316L.
Yes, all builds are 316L.
Are Radiographs based on CT scans or another NDT testing? Are the radiographs reconstructed 3D projections?
No, they are 2D and follow ASTM E1742
What information can be extracted from the radiographs? What does shots A, B, C mean from AMNOW 979?
Radiographs will indicate approximate location of defects. A,B,C are different views of the part (orientation or section views).
Will we be able to see melt pools in the micrographs? Would be able to see the scale on each microstructure JPG to figure out the magnification used?
You will not be able to see melt pools in the micrographs. Either scale bar is included or magnification is indicated in the file name.
What will be the orientation of the samples/cut for metallography? Would we also get fracture surface images?
Coupons are built in x-y, and z-orientations (marked as such). No fracture surface images provided.
AMNOW 990 has 17 sheets for different thermal processing methods that include tensile, creep, fatigue, corrosion testing, etc. Will we get data of parts built with the same LPBF process parameters subject to the same thermal processing methods on all of the 17 testing methods mentioned?
No. Only providing tensile, fatigue, chemistry, metallography, and density for stress relief and anneal, and HIP.
Could you please specify the approximate number of replicates that would be included in the data provided for every unique tested end part? For example, the number of replicates for as printed parts (subject to tensile testing), as printed parts (subject to fatigue testing), parts with HIP processing (subject to fatigue testing), parts with stress relief+HIP, etc.
See table below.
Deletion of data will be via certification. Their DDTC certification and DD2345 both require procedures to delete documents upon project completion. They will be required to execute a certificate that the docs were deleted during award closeout.