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Innovation Sprint: The AM Case Study Challenge

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STATUS: Under Eval
POSTED: Jan 04 2017
SOURCE: InnoCentive

America Makes seeks detailed case studies focused on examining the use of additive manufacturing (AM) as a business case. The case study should move beyond a “marketing case” and should combine in-depth primary research as well as sources in the form of financial data, business overview, machines/product design costs and features, traditional vs. additive manufacturing process and costs, etc. 

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written submission.

Challenge ID: 9933782
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Challenge Overview

This America Makes Challenge is seeking detailed case studies examining the use of AM as a business case, with a focus on different companies in varying industries who have examined the use of AM for their business. Each case study should move beyond a “marketing case” and should combine in-depth primary research based on interviews with the companies with secondary research provided by the company or other industry sources in the form of financial data, org charts, business overview, machine costs and features, typical production lines, etc. 

The awards for this Challenge are Silver Level Memberships in America Makes for one year, as described on Membership in America Makes gives you access to the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry's thought leaders and innovators. Members receive significant benefits, including access to valuable intellectual property, technical presentations, project calls, and much more. 

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written case study to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the case study by the Seeker. If multiple submissions from eligible entities meet all the Solution Requirements, multiple awards may be made at the sole discretion of the Seeker.  

To receive an award, the Solvers will not be required to transfer any Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to utilize their submitted case study. Winning submissions will be published in collaboration with America Makes. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on February 20, 2017.

Late submissions will not be considered


To receive an award, the Solver or Solver’s organization must be eligible for, and accept, membership in America Makes. Current America Makes members are also eligible for award in the form of equivalent credit toward future membership fees. Please see for membership requirements. 


America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation.  

Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM and 3DP to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. 

Established in 2012 and based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the flagship Institute for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) infrastructure of up to 45 Institutes to follow and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM).

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This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. By contrast, Theoretical-IP Transfer means that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. For these forms of a Theoretical Challenge, Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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