Accelerating Additive Manufacturing (AM) for Maintenance through Streamlined Contracting

NCMS Project #: 140944

Problem: Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) is rapidly advancing technically with new materials and processes emerging continuously. Maintenance and sustainment activities will rely more heavily on AM going forward. As AM technology changes quickly, it is often a struggle for contracts and purchasing specialists to understand the crucial differences between writing a contract for AM produced parts and traditionally produced parts and yet there are no guidelines in place that address the special nature of contracting for AM parts and services.

Benefit: By outlining all aspects of both multiple business models as well as technical issues, timing, and complete lifecycle considerations, successful contracts can result in more productive equipment and assets that enhance warfighter readiness. Within large organizations having a guidebook that seasoned and new contracting specialists alike can reference could make a huge difference in the lifecycle of their products, equipment, and other valuable assets.

Solution/Approach: This project will address the needs of contracting specialists and be evaluated as a guidebook for future use when contracting AM produced parts for repair, maintenance and sustainment with special attention given to the entire lifecycle of those requested parts and AM technology.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduced costs
  • Higher productivity
  • Enhance warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • Defense Acquisition University
  • U.S. Navy

Industry Participation:

  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Additive/advanced manufacturing