Request for Proposal
Status: RFP is Closed

Flexible Manufacturing of Aviation Parts

Request Number
Due Date
Aug 10, 2016
Program Manager


Joint Development, Contract Research, Technology Acquisition, Technology Licensing, Supply Agreement, Contract Analysis and Testing, Consulting, To Be Negotiated



Phase 1 – Proof of concept in 3-6 months

Phase 2 – Test product runs in 6-12 months



Phase 1 – Proof of concept and evaluation funding commensurate with the proposed opportunity

RFP was closed on

RFP Title


Flexible Manufacturing of Aviation Parts
RFP Description
NineSigma, representing a Global Aviation Corporation, invites proposals describing materials and flexible manufacturing processes enabling low volume, on demand production of a variety of aviation grade parts

Large-scale manufacturing has long been the gold standard since the industrial revolution.  Capital expenditures to initiate production can be recouped through the volume of product that can be produced.  Recently, 3D printing has greatly simplified the process of prototype creation and testing.  Although, prototyping may be limited to easily accessible 3D printing friendly materials. Producing limited quantities of production grade products as demand dictates remains a challenge in many industries.


NineSigma’s client is seeking an aviation-approved material paired with a flexible manufacturing process that will enable the on demand production of a variety of parts at low volumes.  The material for the final product must not contain carbon, and be an aviation-approved material that is able to be bonded to aluminum. 


In response to questions sent to the NineSigma Provider Help Desk, this FAQ document has been prepared.

Key Success Criteria

The successful manufacturing method will:

  • Utilize a material with the following specifications:
    • Aviation approved
    • Does not absorb water
    • High durability
    • Able to withstand 15-20 PSI of load in the temperature range of -40 to +120 °F
    • Able to be bonded to aluminum
    • Does not cause a Galvanic reaction with aluminum
  • Enable the on demand manufacturing of “L” shaped parts 10-20 inches long by 1-2 inches tall
    • Maintain a final part tolerance of ±0.030 inch
  • Enable the production of ~30 unique parts
Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • 3d printing of aviation approved materials
  • Low cost injection molding of aviation approved materials
Items to be Submitted
  • Non-confidential description of material and manufacturing process including:
    • A description of the ability to meet the stated key success criteria
    • Any material certifications
    • Other applications material is currently used for
    • Estimates of capital costs, material costs and part change over costs
  • Technical maturity of the approach (concept, prototype, ready to commercialize, commercialized)
  • Team description and related experience
  • Etc.


Appropriate responses to this Request

Responses from companies (small to large), consultants, government and academic laboratories are welcome.  For example:


You represent a company that has demonstrated a proof of concept…

You represent a university research department that has a bench-scale demonstration, and…

Area of Interest