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For Immediate Release:

March 27, 2018

MDOT Solicits Ideas for 3D Printing Transportation Solutions

Officials Say Technology Could Usher in New Era for State Transportation Projects

HANOVER, MD – Furthering the Hogan Administration’s commitment to explore innovative options to build the state’s transportation infrastructure, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has issued a Request for Information (RFI), inviting interested parties, including the private sector, universities, and others, to seek innovative and collaborative ways the state agency can best use three-dimensional (3D) printing on projects.

“We’re always looking to take advantage of the latest technology to deliver transportation solutions to benefit Marylanders,” said MDOT Secretary Pete K. Rahn.

The technology is formally referred to as “additive manufacturing” because it builds 3D products by “adding” layers of material, which could be anything from concrete to plastic to metal, until an object is completed. The process involves making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file, using sophisticated, large-scale devices to “print” things, from tools, vehicle parts and bolts to bridges and buildings.

Maryland officals are seeking direction about how the technology can be applied at MDOT’s headquarters and at its business units, which include: MDOT State Highway Administration, MDOT Maryland Transit Administration, MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration, MDOT Maryland Aviation Administration, MDOT Maryland Port Administration and the Maryland Transportation Authority.

“We want to know about how 3D printing can be used in the transportation industry,” said Colleen Turner, MDOT’s assistant director of the Office of Planning and Capital Programming who is managing the RFI. “It can open up opportunities to develop faster ways of doing everything from repairs to new projects,” she said.

The RFI was issued on March 6 and can be found on the e-Maryland Marketplace (e-MM) website at: under e-MM solicitation information #MDJ0131037509. Those interested in responding have until 2 p.m. on April 10 to submit their responses electronically through the secure MDOT FTP site; using the user id: OPCP_3D_RFI and password: March2018.

The Maryland Department of Transportation is a customer-driven leader that delivers safe, sustainable, intelligent, and exceptional transportation solutions in order to connect our customers to life’s opportunities.

Erin Henson
MDOT Public Affairs


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