NASA's Langley Research Center has posted an invitation for solicitations for a "high resolution 3D printer". At first it may seem that this device might be headed to outer space, ready to rapidly produce any missing spacecraft parts during deep space missions. However, looking deeply to the specs specifies: 110 VAC power requirement. Of course, we all know that AC power extension cords simply aren't long enough to reach Outer Space. The competition closes on March 3rd 2008.
Synopsis/Solicitation Combo - Feb 19, 2008 On-Line RFQ - Posted on Feb 19, 2008 New!
Solicitation Number: NNL08235968Q Posted Date: Feb 19, 2008 FedBizOpps Posted Date: Feb 19, 2008 Original Response Date: Mar 03, 2008 Current Response Date: Mar 03, 2008 Classification Code: 70 -- General purpose information technology equipment NAICS Code: 334119 - Other Computer Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing Set-Aside Code: Total Small Business
Contracting Office Address
NASA/Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 144, Industry Assistance Office, Hampton, VA 23681-0001
NASA/LaRC has a requirement for 1 each high resolution 3D printer for creating functional prototype modules and electronic packaging applications as follows: Capable of producing high-quality ABS models. Model material resolution must have thickness of 0.178 mm (.007 in.) or less with print width of 0.7 mm (0.028 in.) or less. Build size: at least 8 x 8 x 12 in. 110 VAC power requirement. Support material must be water soluble for easy removal. Must be network compatible (TCP/IP 100/10 base T) and Windows XP compatible. Must produce durable working models from ABS with the click of a button. Must run unattended and operate quietly with no noxious fumes or toxic materials that require venting and/or special handling. Must be useable in an office environment. Capable of packing multiple models within the build envelope to maximize efficiency. Fabrication should be a two step process: build cycle and water soluble support removal (no after-processing steps for increasing durability). Lab floor space dimensions should be about 3 ft by 3 ft or less.
This notice is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in FAR Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation, which is issued as a Request for Quotation (RFQ); quotes are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. Offerors are required to use the On-Line RFQ system to submit their quote. The On-line RFQ system is linked above or it may be accessed at prod.nais.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/eps/bizops.cgi?gr=C&pin= . The information required by FAR Subpart 12.6 is included in the on-line RFQ.
The Government intends to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12 and the Simplified Acquisition Procedures set forth in FAR Part 13.
Questions regarding this acquisition must be submitted in writing (e-mail is preferred) no later than 2/26/2008. It is the quoter's responsibility to monitor this site for the release of amendments (if any). Potential quoters will be responsible for downloading their own copy of this notice, the on-line RFQ and amendments (if any). An ombudsman has been appointed - See NASA Specific Note "B" for large prototypes and visual prototype.
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Point of Contact
Name: Sandra S Ray Title: Contract Specialist Phone: 757-864-2413 Fax: 757-864-7709 Email: email@example.com
Name: Deborah L. Ford Title: Contract Specialist Phone: 757-864-6755 Fax: 757-864-9097 Email: Deborah.L.Ford@nasa.gov