U.S Department of Energy: Additive Manufacturing for Disaster Response

  • Status: Open
  • Prize: $2500
  • Entries Received: 13

Contest Brief

U.S Department of Energy: Additive Manufacturing for Disaster Response

https://www.freelancer.com/doe/manufacturing-innovator-challenge/about

*Prize eligibility limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents*

*Full Contest Description Attached Below*

DOE will award prizes for up to three meaningful concepts of $2,500 for each winning submission.

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The ability to manufacture large-scale objects using 3D printing has opened a range of new technical possibilities. Through this contest, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking to bring attention to these new technical possibilities while harnessing the creative power of the crowd to identify spaces where 3D printing can play a breakthrough role, which have not yet been identified. By sharing innovative new concepts, the manufacturing community at large may then develop potential game-changing technologies.

Every year, disasters put millions of Americans in danger and destroy billions of dollars worth of property. Hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and other natural disasters are capable of rapidly destroying critical infrastructure, delaying aid and relief efforts. This infrastructure is not always large-scale, but includes smaller-scale (but equally critical) structural components like poles for telephone and power lines, communications towers, shielding for grid electronics, and more. The time needed to ship in replacements may act as choke points for government agencies tasked with disaster response.

Large-scale additive manufacturing has the potential for onsite manufacturing of critical infrastructure components (e.g. onsite 3D printing of poles to carry power lines) that could accelerate recovery times. DOE seeks concept designs for innovative and new uses of 3D printing for application to disaster response. Questions to consider include:

*What key bottlenecks could be addressed using onsite, large-scale 3D printing?
*Is the application cost-effective?
*How specifically would the innovation enhance federal, state, and local governments, and other organizations, in their ability to respond to natural disasters?

Submissions should include a two-page description of the application and rationale for the use of 3D printing, as well as a simple CAD drawing of the proposed design. Submissions do not have to strictly adhere to industry specifics, but proposals should consider large-scale to mean approximately 50' x 25' x 25' with a materials deposition rate of 1,000 lbs/hr.

Metrics of evaluation will include the potential impact of the concept, the degree to which it is a novel technology (e.g. can its function be filled by existing technology), and the feasibility of manufacturing a prototype.

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Required Submission Materials
The submission must include:
A description of the concept, its proposed use, and justification for why 3D printing is an advantageous approach vis-à-vis traditional techniques. Maximum four pages.
A technical drawing and/or computer-aided design showing the specifications for the concept.

Evaluation Criteria

Innovative Concept (40/100 points): The degree to which the proposed concept does not currently exist and/or meets an existing need where no other viable solutions are available.

Impact (40/100 points): The amount of impact a technology solution could have on meeting challenges, creating economic impact, providing new solutions to critical problems if it existed as an off-the-shelf capability.

Feasibility (20/100 points): While proposals do not have to strictly adhere to technical specifics of existing large-scale 3D printers, general constraints should be observed that would allow a prototype to be developed with minimal changes to design. These general constraints include:

**CONTINUED IN ATTACHMENT BELOW**

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Public Clarification Board

  • AnwarDM
    AnwarDM
    • 1 week ago

    Hello, I am not the U.S Citizen. so, am i can't join this contest?

    • 1 week ago
    1. DOEuser1
      Contest Holder
      • 1 week ago

      Good afternoon, Anwar. For this contest, entrants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Thank you for your interest.

      • 1 week ago
  • Alejandro10inv
    Alejandro10inv
    • 2 weeks ago

    Hello
    I have read all the published information about these challenges that you are raising, but I have not read anywhere about the protection of the intellectual property of the projects presented by the participants. What policies does the US Department of Energy have for the use and publication of innovative ideas that are patentable and that every truly innovative idea is patentable. What guarantees are there so that my rights to the intellectual property of my ideas are respected?

    • 2 weeks ago
    1. DOEuser1
      Contest Holder
      • 2 weeks ago

      Good afternoon. In the contest brief attachment you can find more information regarding the intellectual property, see excerpt below.

      Intellectual Property developed during the course of the contest:
      "Each winning Entrant agrees to assign to DOE the entire right, title, and interest throughout the world in and to each Subject Invention. Each winning Entrant agrees to disclose each Subject Invention to DOE in the form of a written report that provides sufficient technical detail to convey a clear understanding, to the extent known at the time of the disclosure, of the nature, purpose, operation, and physical, chemical, biological, or electrical characteristics of the Subject Invention.

      The DOE may issue a class patent waiver that will allow winning Entrants to retain title to the Subject Inventions."

      • 2 weeks ago
    2. DOEuser1
      Contest Holder
      • 2 weeks ago

      Copyright in the Winning Entries:
      Each winning Entrant grants to the U.S. Government, and others acting on its behalf, a paid-up nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute copies to the public, and perform publicly and display publicly, by or on behalf of the U.S. Government, for any and all copyrighted works that are or make up any winning entry or entries.

      Intellectual Property held by Entrant before beginning work on the contest:
      Except the above license to copyrighted works, the DOE will not take any interest in any background intellectual property. In the case of inventions, the inventions must not have been conceived or first actually reduced to practice in the course of the Contest to qualify as background intellectual property.

      • 2 weeks ago
  • vwd212
    vwd212
    • 2 weeks ago

    Good afternoon,

    Does a works cited page count towards the 4 page max?

    • 2 weeks ago
    1. DOEuser1
      Contest Holder
      • 2 weeks ago

      Good morning, Vincent. No, the works cited can be separate and in addition to the four pages.

      • 2 weeks ago
  • Aamall
    Aamall
    • 3 weeks ago

    Good day to you! My concept could possibly address two of the open contests, so can it be submitted to both?

    • 3 weeks ago
    1. DOEuser1
      Contest Holder
      • 3 weeks ago

      Hello, Aaron. Yes, it is allowable to submit to more than one contest with the same idea if that idea addresses both.

      • 3 weeks ago
  • miketritico
    miketritico
    • 3 weeks ago

    I am having trouble submitting my second entry. How can I save it or get the submit button to work?

    • 3 weeks ago
    1. DOEuser1
      Contest Holder
      • 3 weeks ago

      Good afternoon, Michael. I see two submittals from you. Were you able to submit in the end or are we still missing one?

      • 3 weeks ago
  • millerrylan
    millerrylan
    • 1 month ago

    Should entries be standalone, or are they able to be integrated and rely on other infrastructure?

    • 1 month ago
    1. DOEuser1
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Hello Rylan, they can be either standalone or integrated with and/or rely on other infrastructure.

      • 1 month ago
  • millerrylan
    millerrylan
    • 1 month ago

    The proposal mentions "existing large-scale 3D printers" and that this should roughly adhere to some specifics of them, some specifics of the printer are supplied, such as build volume, however, there is not enough information to entirely know the specifics of design to my liking, would they be able to point to existing printers that the contest would be using? Or to a concept design that the printing contest is based around? or any other information about the printers would be welcome.

    To follow up on that, the proposal also says "proposals do not have to strictly adhere" how much variation would be allowed to be made to the printing mechanisms? This would probably also lead to needing some follow up details knowing the answer to the previous.

    • 1 month ago
    1. millerrylan
      millerrylan
      • 1 month ago

      Would it be allowable to design new sort of concepts for printers specifically designed for this disaster response task?

      • 1 month ago
    2. DOEuser1
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Good afternoon. Yes, this would be allowable.

      • 1 month ago
  • millerrylan
    millerrylan
    • 1 month ago

    Should there be any real world testing of these concepts or is a theoretical idea sufficient?

    • 1 month ago
    1. millerrylan
      millerrylan
      • 1 month ago

      Would any small-scale, real-world testing or simulations affect the outcome of the contest or will only the theoretical idea be judged?

      • 1 month ago
    2. DOEuser1
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Rylan, only the theoretical idea will be judged. However, the judges may include an assessment of general feasibility.

      • 1 month ago
  • millerrylan
    millerrylan
    • 1 month ago

    As there will be multiple winning entries, and freelancers are allowed to submit multiple entries, will the same freelancer be able to win multiple times?

    • 1 month ago
    1. DOEuser1
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Good afternoon, Rylan. Yes, there is no prohibition on a single individual winning multiple awards for this contest.

      • 1 month ago
  • millerrylan
    millerrylan
    • 1 month ago

    Would the contest only be for ideas to assist with recovery after a national disaster? Would concepts to help proactively prevent national disasters from damaging infrastructure, or that would during a national disaster limit damage to infrastructure be acceptable?

    • 1 month ago
    1. DOEuser1
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Rylan, thank you for your interest in the U.S Department of Energy: Additive Manufacturing for Disaster Response contest.

      Yes, DOE would be interested in prevention or mitigation strategies that involve additively manufactured technologies.

      • 1 month ago

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