Maturation of Additive Geometric Management Approaches for High Mach Applications (MAGMA) Project Call – October 2021

Dec 27, 2021

America Makes announces a new MAGMA Project Call worth approximately $1.0M in total funding.

Production of Acceptable Relevant Product Geometries

The focus of this project is designing and additively manufacturing relevant geometries pertinent to high Mach applications that are prone to distortion or exhibit a high probability of risk to not meeting geometric tolerancing design requirements.

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 Friday, November 19, 2021.

Dates/Deadlines:

Project Call Announcement and Posting

10/19/2021

Project Call Kick-off Webinar (Registration Required – see www.americamakes.us)

10/26/2021

Questions from Proposers about Scope or Approach Due

10/29/2021

Responses to Proposers about Scope or Approach Due
(All questions and responses will be shared with all proposers on www.americamakes.us)

11/5/2021

Deadline for proposal lead to complete a fully executed America Makes Membership Agreement

11/5/2021

Fully Executed NDA with NCDMM (only if proposal contains proprietary information)

11/5/2021

Full Project Proposal Submission Due Date (Note: No Concept Paper Submission)

11/19/2021

Anticipated Decision and Notification of Project Proposal Teams

12/20/2021

Anticipated Date to have ALL Projects on Contract

1/10/2022

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Only the project lead must be a member of America Makes.

Yes, teams may submit more than one Project Proposal.

Questions should be emailed to ric@americamakes.us. 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.

Yes, but only if they are members. The approval process for foreign-owned entities can take up to 4 weeks to complete, so non-members would not have sufficient time to apply and be approved prior to this deadline.

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.

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

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.

Yes, any partner working with us will need a valid DD2345.

Project Call Q&A

Design authority – a member or entity who designs and understands the design intent and performance of products. This could include understanding of product definition and product acceptance criteria. Furthermore, an authoritative source who exhibits expertise which can readily accommodate product acceptance or has sufficient product understanding to manage product definition requirements and performance tradeoffs.

The focus is high Mach applications and factors which promote geometric variation in those products

Yes, there will be specific controls implemented to control the distribution of information generated on these projects. Furthermore, all members of the responding teams should have a valid DD2345.

This should be substantiated by the team per the guidance provided in the RFP. Please use the program strategic relevance appendix and letters of support to justify these matters in addition to the details which should be provided in summarizing the technical approach.

This should be substantiated by the team per the guidance provided in the RFP. Please use the program strategic relevance appendix and letters of support to justify these matters in addition to the details which should be provided in summarizing the technical approach.

The RFP is for high Mach applications. Please refer to the guidance provided in the RFP to substantiate the merits and significance of your response utilizing the various subsections and appendices to compliment/promote your submission.

All proposers must meet the eligibility requirements (please see RFP) and each response should consider if the terms of the membership agreement are conducive to collaboration. Some terms of the sub-recipient agreement are non-negotiable and should be considered first.

This should be substantiated by the team per the guidance provided in the RFP. Please use the program strategic relevance appendix and letters of support to justify these matters in addition to the details which should be provided in summarizing the technical approach.

From RFP – Offerors are encouraged to propose approaches to designing and additively manufacturing relevant geometries pertinent to high Mach applications that are prone to distortion or exhibit a high probability of risk to not meeting geometric tolerancing design requirements. Approaches to address these challenges shall include model-based technologies that will demonstrate measurable improvement in product-relevant geometric acceptance criteria. Key performance parameters (KPPs) should be measurable/quantifiable and shall include an explanation as to the methodology for successfully demonstrating these parameters. Responses are highly encouraged to include team members who will not only serve as a source of design authority but will also stand to directly benefit from these efforts. Design authority team members’ presence and perception of the perceived value of any proposed effort shall be apparent from letters of support provided in Exhibit III. In addition, the significance and merit of proposed efforts should be evident from details provided in the Project Strategic Relevance Appendix. Technical approaches to addressing this topic and may include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing as-built and final product form geometric tolerancing as well as tolerance stack-up when multiple parts are to be joined.
  • Mitigating risks to achieving acceptable final product geometry requirements influenced by post-processing including joining operations, joint design, heat treatment, machining, finishing, and/or coating

From RFP – Offerors are encouraged to propose approaches to designing and additively manufacturing relevant geometries pertinent to high Mach applications that are prone to distortion or exhibit a high probability of risk to not meeting geometric tolerancing design requirements. Approaches to address these challenges shall include model-based technologies that will demonstrate measurable improvement in product-relevant geometric acceptance criteria. Key performance parameters (KPPs) should be measurable/quantifiable and shall include an explanation as to the methodology for successfully demonstrating these parameters. Responses are highly encouraged to include team members who will not only serve as a source of design authority but will also stand to directly benefit from these efforts. Design authority team members’ presence and perception of the perceived value of any proposed effort shall be apparent from letters of support provided in Exhibit III.

This should be substantiated by the team per the guidance provided in the RFP. Please use the program strategic relevance appendix and letters of support to justify these matters in addition to the details which should be provided in summarizing the technical approach.

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