NCMS Project #: 141010
Problem: The AM community has collected a broad array of information concerning the strategy and details of acquiring AM products. That community, however, lacks a singular comprehensive and organized document to lay out the various business models, contractual strategies, and methods of acquisition that can be leveraged by the DoD for obtaining AM related products and services.
Benefit: When a company, especially those that deal with AM repair, maintenance and sustainment parts, can consider all aspects of their needs before and during the contracting process then the likelihood of any forgotten, unconsidered, or neglected aspect should be minimized. This will assist contracting and acquisition specialists confidently perform their tasks. This Guide could also alleviate misunderstandings and possible legal actions, with the result of limiting financial liability.
Solution/Approach: In Phase I, the initial AM Contracting Guidebook was created with a working title of, Acquisition and Contracting Guidebook: Additive Manufacturing. This 65-page document was edited and an official first draft sent back to the Navy for an initial wide distribution (all services) for review and comments. In Phase II, the AM Contracting Guidebook will be finalized using the peer review suggestions. The team will document its utility and incorporate inputs from the wide distribution review for continuous improvement and organize, prioritize the inputs for the next iteration.
Impact on Warfighter:
- Reduce errors and omissions
- Uniform approach to AM contract execution
- Accelerate the transition of AM technologies and parts
- Enhance warfighter readiness
- U.S. Navy
- Cost savings
- Repair turn-around time
- Business processes/partnerships