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Challenge High Temp Polymer Composite for Additive Direct Manufacturing  
High Temp Polymer Composite for Additive Direct Manufacturing  
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 139
Posted: Mar 22 2013
Challenge ID: 9933053
 
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Abstract

The Seeker is looking for high temperature polymer matrix composites (PMC) that can be used for Additive Direct Manufacturing (ADM). The goal is to produce PMC parts with minimal tooling and no autoclave step required, although a heat curing is acceptable. 

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

Overview

The Seeker is interested in Additive Direct Manufacturing (ADM) of high temperature polymer matrix composites (PMC). Currently there are no processes that can make high temperature complex parts that do not require either expensive tooling or an autoclave step at high temperature/pressure, or both. A simple oven cure is acceptable for finishing parts. This requires only a written proposal. 

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $8,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $1,000. 
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solvers grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the winning solution(s).All Solvers that submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

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An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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