Project Announcement: Qualification and Certification of Metal Additive Manufacturing to Replace Hard to Source Repair Parts – Phase III

The US Department of Defense is partnering with industry and academia on a multi-phase CTMA initiative to advance the state of the art of commercial metal AM technologies, tools, and processes to develop and establish a rapid AM laboratory for use in qualifying and certifying metal AM to replace hard to source parts across the DOD. Special emphasis will be placed on developing a Smart Manufacturing Strategy and lab usage plan of various stakeholders across academia, industry, small business, national laboratories, and the DoD. The effort will provide a unique, adaptable, and cost-effective approach using commercial best practices and methods.

In this phase, specific objectives include:

Review and refine material processing capabilities and provide recommendations for lab equipment requirements.

  • Conduct necessary feasibility studies and business case evaluations of proposed lab equipment.
  • Review material process flow and finalize lab layout.
  • Coordinate and execute installation and commissioning of lab equipment.
  • Develop an operational and sustainment plan for the lab.
  • Provide recommendations and tools for model-based accelerated material development, screening, processing, verification, validation, and rapid quantification methods.
  • Design and execute a facility operating and usage plan for various stakeholders.
  • Develop Smart Manufacturing Strategy for lab.

If you feel your organization has the technical capabilities and would like to be considered for this project, please complete the form below and upload your organization’s technical capabilities statement.

Interested Submissions Due by 4/9/24.

We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).