N68335-20-R-0329 – Sources Sought – Metallic Additive Manufacturing Equipment Lease (3D Print)

Aug 1, 2020 | Sources Sought

Request information on the leasing of metallic AM equipment.

AM equipment must meet the following requirements:

Use Additive Manufacturing (AM) Powder Bed Technology as defined by “The American Society for Testing and Materials” (ASTM) F42 Committee

Use one or more laser(s) with a combined power of at least 900W to fuse powdered material.

Be able to produce AM parts in the following materials: Aluminum, Stainless steel, Titanium, Cobalt-Chrome-Molybdenum (CoCrMo), Inconel 625 and 718, Maraging Steel

Have a minimum build area of 100 square inches

Have a build volume of 1500 cubic inches

The information requested should include:

Cost of leasing the equipment

All provisions of the leasing agreement (Time, responsibilities, etc.)

Overall Dimensions of the equipment

Build volume dimensions and shape

Recommended dimensions required for installation (recommended room size)

Power/facilities requirements

Maximum power consumption

Required Inert gases (Ar, N) and consumption rates

Number of lasers, laser power, operating wavelength and focal diameters. Additionally, coverage regions of each energy source with respect to build area.

Computer System requirements

Recommended Software to be included

Operating system used on the AM equipment

Time required to change the material alloy in the AM equipment

Minimum achievable part accuracy of in x, y, and z directions

Range of layer thicknesses. Along with powder size limitations of the material to be fused.

Minimum feature size

Maximum overhang angle

Print resolution

Smoothest Surface finish obtainable (curved surface)

Smoothest Surface finish obtainable (flat surface) (Both upskin & downskin)

Volumetric build speed along with estimated startup time (purge down, etc.)

Equipment options:
a) Available equipment options
b) Recommended equipment options

List of material the printer can print in. As well as powder size distribution, type, etc.

Properties for all materials shall include (both as built and recommended heat treat condition):
a) Tensile strength, in horizontal and vertical direction
b) Yield strength, in horizontal and vertical direction
c) Elongation at break, in horizontal and vertical direction
d) Modulus of elasticity, in horizontal and vertical direction
e) Hardness
f) Coefficient of thermal expansion
g) The specific material compositions

List of independent material certifications (if met)

List of post print requirements (wire EDM, stress annealing, etc.)

Other Government / DOD Customers with listed points of contact

Material sources of supply including estimated current pricing for all supported materials

Preventative maintenance procedures

Environmental considerations (external temperature / humidity / stability requirements)

Operational/Maintenance Procedures/Manuals

Recommended Lifting carts or other support equipment

Raw material storage requirements

Spare part availability

Maintenance options and associated cost

Filter costs

Recommended method for data transfer (i.e. USB Drive, Network Connection, etc.)

Build monitoring/ reporting capabilities including a list of variable outputs that are user accessible and their acquisition rates

Whether build parameters can be modified

Technology Refresh options and associated cost

The Government is seeking industry input to assist in identifying features and approaches to meet the general requirements described above. Please note that the Government will NOT be responsible for any costs incurred by interested parties responding to this RFI. THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ONLY. This RFI is issued solely for information and planning purposes and does not constitute a solicitation. In accordance with FAR 15.201(e), responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract.

All interested parties must submit written responses, preferably via electronic mail to Desiree Pendleton, desiree.pendleton@navy.mil no later than five (5) days after the post date of this RFI. The Navy does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this request or otherwise pay for the information solicited. While the Navy intends to use this information for future acquisition planning purposes, it will not release any information about your approach that might in any way compromise your competitive posture or proprietary information. The Navy will not use any information provided to level your company’s approach relative to another competitor. Proprietary data MUST be marked PROPRIETARY on a page-by-page basis and will be kept confidential and protected where so designated. The Navy will not be liable for or suffer any consequential damages for any proprietary information not properly identified. Proprietary information will be safeguarded in accordance with the applicable Navy regulations. Responses to this RFI will not be returned. Respondents will not be notified of the result of the review.

Failure to respond to this RFI does not preclude participation in any future associated RFP/RFQ that may be issued. Any comments provided may or may not be included in a formal solicitation. Information provided in no way binds the Navy to solicit or award a contract. If a solicitation is released, it will be synopsized on the BetaSam.gov website: https://beta.sam.gov. It is the potential vendor’s responsibility to monitor this site for the release.

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