Thank you for registering for the upcoming Guam Additive Manufacturing Feasibility Workshop on Nov 17th at the Hyatt Regency. In preparation, we have posted some questions here that will be discussed during the workshop, but we would also appreciate it if you could fill out questions relevant to you below so we can record the feedback.
Please feel free to answer only those questions you feel comfortable addressing. Answering this questionnaire is not required to attend the workshop, but we hope it helps inform our conversations.
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(1) What challenges exist in Guam for recruiting, retaining, and developing personnel in advanced computer science, mechanical engineering, and manufacturing positions?
(2) How do we gauge interest in additive manufacturing professions among Guam’s high school, technical school, undergraduate and graduate students?
(3) Can Guamanians take advantage of specialized 3D design and 3D printing curriculum currently? Is there prospective demand for such courses or apprenticeships (online or in-person)?
(4) What strategies do current Guam-based businesses employ to recruit and retain specialized STEM personnel for respective workforces? Describe relevant partnerships with GCC or UoG?
(5) If there were opportunities to establish partnerships with higher education institutions in the continental US, what are some key policies to consider for ensuring a qualified workforce develops and remains on-island (not exiting Guam)?
FINANCE & MARKET DEMAND
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(1) What role can private sector banks play in ensuring access to capital for new manufacturing enterprises in Guam? At what scale?
(2) What public sector incentives exist to attract investment to Guam from the continental US (part manufacturers, factory equipment providers, distributors)?
(3) Are there public financing options in Guam to support new manufacturing in Guam?
(4) Is there potential to convert Guam into a net exporter of manufactured parts to other regional destinations?
(5) Can Guam become a major trans-shipment hub for manufactured goods to the continental US, leveraging its duty-free status and federal Buy American procurement policies?
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
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(1) How might DoD personnel stationed in Guam leverage additive manufacturing?
(2) What role might off-base part replacement capabilities support maintenance, repair, and overhaul missions (using DLA- or Service- approved processes and materials)? Is there demand for offsite manufacturing and repair services on-island?
(3) How has remoteness affected logistical support for DoD assets in Guam? How might on-demand part requisition via additive manufacturing address related challenges?
(4) How might existing MRO capabilities (Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Missile Defense) on-base supplement 3D digital design or additive manufacturing to meet: • reverse engineering, • prototyping, • tooling, • part replacement needs?
(5) What inputs by Guam-based military tenant commands should be considered if the DoD invested in a new additive manufacturing workforce development and technology center in Guam (1) to train military, civilian, and contractors in additive and (2) to advance technology development/adoption of additive manufacturing in key DoD supply chains?
(6) How might GovGuam and ASTRO America’s report be used to help advance preparation of DoD bases’ tenant commands adoption of additive technology and coordination with key military, authorities including NAVSEA 05, Rapid Sustainment Office, Program Executive Officer Submarines, and the Office of Naval Research?
RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST & EVALUATION
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(1) Are there research institutions on Guam with capacity to adopt material testing capabilities to ensure manufacturing processes may meet critical Defense, medical, or other industry standards?
(2) How might a Guam-based research institution establish partnerships among industry, federal, and local stakeholders to advance innovations in 3D technology and adoption?
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(1) Describe supply chain challenges experienced in key energy, medical, and MRO industries.
(2) What opportunities exist in the medical field to extend Guam’s role across Micronesia? Could Guam serve as a key medical service provider across the region?
(3) What potential industrial sites exist to host an additive manufacturing facility, prototyping lab, or testing/evaluation capability? What are respective pros/cons of such sites?
(4) What consideration need to be factored in for preservation of indigenous culture, ancestral and historic sites before we embark on advancing Additive Manufacturing on the island?
Do you have any other ideas and thoughts to share with us?