The Seeker, America Makes, is seeking Solvers who can produce “smart structures” using additive manufacturing (AM) methods. A smart structure is any part with an integrated device such as (but not limited to) embedded sensors or actuators that allow for data acquisition and/or smart manipulation. This application has been a long standing promise of additive manufacturing that remains unfulfilled. America Makes would like to understand the state of the art of this potentially disruptive technology and is offering membership in the organization as an award for Solvers demonstrating this capability.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires a written proposal and, optionally, experimental proof-of-concept data and/or sample delivery. No Intellectual Property (IP) rights are sought by the Seeker in return for an award.