DOD SBIR 24.4 Annual

Active
Yes
Status
Open
Release Date
October 3rd, 2023
Open Date
October 3rd, 2023
Due Date(s)
March 31st, 2025
Close Date
March 31st, 2025
Topic No.
SOCOM244-008

Topic

Ruggedized Additive Mobile Manufacturing Unit (RAMMU)

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024

Summary

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for the development of a Ruggedized Additive Mobile Manufacturing Unit (RAMMU) as part of their SBIR 24.4 Annual solicitation. The objective of this topic is to use additive manufacturing in a deployed environment to decrease downtime for foreign and non-standard weapons parts, motor pool parts, and dental accessories. The RAMMU should be able to print different types of materials, including metal, plastics, polys, and steel, while keeping the container below a 10Klbs threshold. It should be a standalone unit with the ability to connect into forward operating bases' power. The system must be easy to use with plug and play capability and should not rely on WIFI, Bluetooth, or the internet for updates or services. In Phase I, a feasibility study will be conducted to assess the options that satisfy the requirements. The study should investigate all options that meet or exceed the minimum performance parameters and recommend the best option. Phase II involves developing, installing, and demonstrating a prototype system on a deployable platform under challenging conditions. The potential impact of this technology is significant, as it can be used in various military applications to reduce the time required to make weapons operational. The system aims to achieve operational usage within 24 hours of a broken part. The project duration is not specified, but the solicitation is open until March 31, 2025. For more information and to submit proposals, visit the DOD SBIR 24.4 Annual page on the Defense SBIR/STTR Opportunities website.

Description

OBJECTIVE:  The objective of this topic is to develop applied research toward an innovative capability to use additive manufacturing in a deployed environment with the ability to decrease down time for foreign and non-standard weapons parts, motor pool parts, and dental accessories. 

 

IMPORTANT: For SOCOM instructions: please visit: https://www.defensesbirsttr.mil/SBIR-STTR/Opportunities/. Go to the bottom of the page and click “DoD SBIR 24.4 Annual”. Once there, go to the SOCOM SBIR24.4

 

DESCRIPTION:   As a part of this feasibility study, the proposers shall address all viable overall system design options with respective specifications on materials used to improve or sustain the weapons system without added failures to other parts within the weapons systems with multiple types of materials within the RAMMU used. This Additive Manufacturing (AM) shall be able to print different types of materials, being metal, plastics, polys, and steel, all while keeping the container below a 10Klbs. Threshold. The unit must be a standalone unit with a priority with limited Heavy Operating Equipment at certain locations. The ability to connect into the forward operating bases power is a must. All aspects of environmental awareness for austere environments found at all corners of the world. Operation and maintenance of this equipment can NOT rely on WIFI, Bluetooth or the internet to provide updates or services. The system must be easy to use with plug and play capability as to not increase manpower to operate the RAMMU.     

 

PHASE I:  Conduct a feasibility study to assess what is in the art of the possible that satisfies the requirements specified in the above paragraphs entitled “Objective” and “Description.” 

 

The objective of this USSOCOM Phase I SBIR effort is to conduct and document the results of a thorough feasibility study (“Technology Readiness Level 3”) to investigate what is in the art of the possible within the given trade space that will satisfy a needed technology.  The feasibility study should investigate all options that meet or exceed the minimum performance parameters specified in this write up.  It should also address the risks and potential payoffs of the innovative technology options that are investigated and recommend the option that best achieves the objective of this technology pursuit. The funds obligated on the resulting Phase I SBIR contracts are to be used for the sole purpose of conducting a thorough feasibility study using scientific experiments and laboratory studies as necessary.  Operational prototypes will not be developed with USSOCOM SBIR funds during Phase I feasibility studies.  Operational prototypes developed with other than SBIR funds that are provided at the end of Phase I feasibility studies will not be considered in deciding what firm(s) will be selected for Phase II.

 

PHASE II:  Develop, install, and demonstrate a prototype system determined to be the most feasible solution during the Phase I feasibility study on a deployable platform to be shipped anywhere in the world under the worst conditions and still maintain OEM type output.

 

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS:  This system could be used in a broad range of military applications where any soldier is deployed in the world with little to no loss in operational usage of the weapons systems. To have the capability to get a weapon operational in a shorter time frame, within 24 hours of that part being broken.

 

REFERENCES: Navy Post Graduate School has established the Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research and Education (CAMRE) to create an environment where the technology being requested can come to fruition through AM tooling. In the whitepaper included, they have partnered with multiple agencies and companies to push these limits on a NAVY vessel. The idea is to scale this platform to a smaller size in order to achieve the desired endstate.

 

KEYWORDS: Additive Manufacturing; Poly; metal; 3D printing; CNC machining; CNC; mobile; container; ruggedized

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