Additively Manufactured Prototypes (AMP) for Hardware Technology Protection

S²MARTS Project No. 22-05
S2MARTS Project No. 22-05

Solutions Due: 15 August 2022 at 12:00 PM ET

Q&A Responses: 29 July 2022 at 3:00 PM ET

RFS Revision III: 20 July 2022 at 4:00 PM ET

RFS Revision II: 15 July 2022 at 12:00 PM ET

Project TALX:8 July 2022 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

RFS Revision I: 7 July 2022 at 3:00 PM ET

Questions Due: 1 July 2022 at 12:00 PM ET

RFS Release: 24 June 2022 at 3:00 PM ET

Innovator NETWORX:14 April 2022 at 1:00 PM ET

Coming Soon Notice: 1 April 2022 at 12:00 PM ET


The Government has released a revision III to the RFS, with the following change:

Page 7: (Section) E.1.B Proposals: Date changed from of 7/25/2022 to 8/15/2022.

RFS Rev III: Final S2MARTS 2205 RFS AMP HTP 07-15-2022 NSTXL REV 3


The Government has released a revision II to the RFS. In the revised document the Government has extended the RFS close date to August 15th, 2022 at 1200 EST.  The RFS revision also edits the request for the classified annex at with an option to receive the classified annex via SIPR email.

NOTE: The Government intends to start sending the classified annex via US Mail the week of July 18, 2022. That is for potential proposers who do not have the ability to receive via SIPR email.

The following is a summary of the revisions:

  1. RFS Deadline changed from 25 July to 15 August
  2. Updated section to add the following: SIPR verbiage

RFS Rev II: Final S2MARTS 2205 RFS AMP HTP 07-15-2022 NSTXL Final R2 REDLINES


The Government has released a revision to the original RFS. In the revised document, a US mailing option has been added for the technical classified proposals in Section E. 1. b.

RFS Rev I: Final S2MARTS 22-05 RFS AMP HTP 07 July 2022 REV1


The Government has released the RFS (Request for Solutions) for the AMP effort (Additively Manufactured Prototypes for Hardware Technology Protection), project 22-05. Please find the RFS and its accompanying attachments below.

AMP RFS: S2MARTS 22-05 RFS AMP HTP RFS 24 June 2022


The Government has answered your questions regarding the AMP opportunity. Some questions were asked during the Project TALX and others using the “Submit A Question” button on this page.

Please find the Government’s responses in the documents below.

RFS Q&A Responses (UPDATED 1 AUGUST): S2MARTS RFS Q&A AMP HTP 1 August 2022

Project TALX Q&A Responses: S2MARTS Project TalX Q&A AMP HTP 29 July 2022


Friday, July 8, 2022

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Event registration is closed

During this hour-long event, the Government team will share additional details about the project. Their insight into the opportunity will be invaluable in crafting your solution.

Be prepared to come with questions, because there will also be a Q&A portion of the event! The recording and slides will be posted on the website afterwards. Join us as we hear about this project directly from the source.


Thursday, April 14, 2022

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Event registration is closed

Join your fellow NSTXL innovators for this event, introduce your organization and its capabilities, and learn what others are doing in support of this opportunity.

This virtual teaming program facilitates discussions about how participants can contribute to a team through member capabilities. Participants are encouraged to continue the conversation after the event by joining the opportunity teaming board on NSTXL Community.


The Department of the Navy (DoN) is seeking prototypes that demonstrate one or more
Additive Manufacturing (AM) techniques to protect against one or more identified Technology
Protection (TP) threats.

AM is a technology that can build 3D structures using methods that add material, as opposed to
traditional subtractive methods which remove material from a blank starting form. AM methods
include physically adding material layer-by-layer, as well as continuous methods. The potential
for building near-arbitrary 3D structures has led to significant investment and growth of the AM
industry; current technologies allow for printing polymers, metals, ceramics, and multi-material
structures, while research hopes to enable directly printing complex electronics, reactive and
responsive structures, sensors, and biological tissues, among others.

TP is a broad term for the protective measures a system can utilize against unwanted intrusion or
compromise. A simple example is hardware designed such that a visual inspection does not
reveal its technology, while more advanced TP methods may identify hardware which has been
modified or even self-destruct upon evidence of tamper.

Although the exponential advancements in AM technologies have spurred significant
investment from Department of Defense (DoD) Research organizations, Office of the Secretary
of Defense (OSD) Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, and the Defense Industrial Base (DIB),
AM’s applications in the TP space have been limited. This is due to a knowledge gap that exists
between AM practitioners (who generally do not work with TP requirements) and their TP
counterparts (who generally do not have AM experience) along with a lack of specified funding
for their integration. This prototyping effort is an opportunity for the AM and TP communities to
collaborate on innovative AM technologies to meet current and future TP mission needs.

This prototyping effort would further AM and TP collaboration through additional funding, new
partnerships, and enhanced capabilities focused on novel sensors, secure packaging, and
integrated board-level protection.

The Additively Manufactured Prototypes for Hardware Technology Protection Other Transaction
Authority (OTA) prototype project is anticipated to be released and executed in a 24-month
period of performance.