NSIN has created a dedicated community to allow additive manufacturers to leverage abilities to produce and distribute lifesaving parts to attack COVID-19. Specifically, NSIN has created a challenge to capture the nationwide capacity to manufacture and ship parts from distributed 3D printer capabilities throughout the country.
HOW IT WORKS
What can we do? Find a way to create more parts by identifying the capacity to do so.
NSIN has asked its innovative community to identify:
- 3D Printer locations/capabilities: Where are 3D printers located and what are their capabilities? What type of materials are they able to print?
- 3D Printer access/capacity: How can we access 3D printers remotely? What is the capacity to print (parts per day)?
- How do we recruit volunteers? We need people with access to 3D printers and people to collect/store parts.
- Where and how do we ship parts? We need to identify those who need the parts the most and how to get them there.
NSIN has created a questionnaire form to ascertain answers to these questions. Answering any one or all of the question options is encouraged to identify capacity.
Join Our Community
To join our Innovation Community and participate in this challenge, go to the NSIN Defense Innovation network Additive Manufacutring/3D Printing Challenge.
NSIN is a Department of Defense (DOD) program office with the mission to build networks of innovators that generate new solutions to national security problems. NSIN does this by building communities of non-traditional defense problem solvers (the academic and venture communities), exposing these communities to national security problems, and supporting the further development and transition of these solutions into the DOD. To facilitate the building of this network of problem solvers and to actively solve DOD problems, NSIN delivers three portfolios of programs: Acceleration, Collaboration, and National Service.