Naval Contracting Guide for Additive Manufacturing Effort
The “Guide” is being developed as a tool for acquisition activities at all levels to leverage best practices and new business models that are made possible through the use of Additive Manufacturing (AM) manufacturing and services. It will be both an organized conglomeration of existing material derived from events such as the OSD AM Wargames, the Naval AM Technical Interchange, plus published materials, and best practices from AM acquisition-related activities in progress throughout the DoN, plus also the development of new contractual language by a cross-functional team representing legal, contractual, engineering, logistics, and financial disciplines. The Guide will focus on the contractual language needed to support the full development of ten business models which fall into three main categories:
• Early Acquisition: Pre-MS C activities heavy in research and development, to integrate AM in the initial design of integrated platforms or other higher-level assemblies such as engines, structural components, and cockpit design.
• New Capabilities: These are centered around new or improved operational capabilities which can only be accomplished through specific use of AM, such as shape charged energetics, disposable drones (air, sea, sub-surface ground), or emergency part replication for forward deployed units.
• Sustainment: This deals with the sustainment and support of fielded systems.
The Guide will focus on aspects of acquisition, sustainment and contracting that will be peculiar to AM. Issues such as liability, intellectual property, just-in-time inventory, performance enhancements, and expeditionary capabilities and facilitation will be addressed among others. The Guide will also discuss and provide initial guidance and language for RFIs, RFPs, Sources Sought, and BOAs as time and document size permit. Although this first iteration of guidance for AM contacting will ultimately result in a Navy issued deliverable, it is envisioned that this effort will lay the foundation for a Department-wide document that will be leveraged by all Military Services and Agencies.
Good day everyone! Our efforts to make the Contracting Guide for Additive Manufacturing a reality have taken a major step forward, as we now have a time and place for a large-scale offsite to get this effort fully up and running.
At the off-site, we will have about a half day of briefs and preparatory information, Q&A, followed by a day and a half of hard-nosed, roll-up-the-sleeves work on development of content. Agenda, schedule of events, more logistics info will all follow very soon w/in the next few days, but we wanted to get this on your calendars now so that you can block off these two days for travel. Everyone is not only invited, but should you know other individuals who would be beneficial to the effort and could provide solid input, the please submit their names and forward this announcement on.
Registration for this event has closed. Please contact Ray Langlais with any registration questions.
Date(s) - 04/05/2018 - 04/06/2018