Request for Quotation (RFQ) – AgriFutures National Rural Issues Program

3D Printing – Rural Industry Opportunities

This Request for Quotation (RFQ) is seeking services to:

  • understand the potential for 3D printing in rural industries,
  • improve understanding of these opportunities within rural industries and
  • increase awareness of the opportunities in rural industries with 3D technology providers.

This will include a review of current, future and novel 3D printing applications, detailing how producers globally and other related industries are using this technology.

The project aims to unpack the potential of this technology to assist rural industries and identify barriers to uptake, including but not limited to a high-level assessment of the producer and agricultural services sector awareness of the technology.  It also aims to provide a high-level assessment of technology company understanding of the potential within the Australian agricultural market.

The report will provide examples of agricultural applications and opportunities the technology presents and consider how Australia can promote these opportunities to 3D printing technology companies. The report will include consideration of regulatory, policy or skills issues that need to be overcome to fully realise the benefit of this technology in Australia.

The work will include case studies on how producers across a range of industries are already using 3D printing technology to increase productivity and find solutions to current and emerging challenges.  It will also include case studies of how the technology is being used internationally in the agricultural sector and other related sectors to innovate and transform business.

The 3D Printing – Rural Industries Opportunities RFQ closes 12pm (AEDT) Friday, 30 October 2020.


3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a technology that is steadily finding applications in almost all industries across the world. The continuing development of 3D applications, the advancements in materials used and the increasingly accessible price point shows this technology is not far from obtaining a strong hold in the agriculture sector, and its associated industries.

AgriFutures Australia produced a fact sheet including a number of potential agricultural applications in 2016.

Despite this technology reducing in cost and advancing in application, the potential of 3D technology in agricultural industries is not widely understood.  There are opportunities to improve both the understanding of the potential uses of 3D printing and the potential of agriculture as a market for 3D technology. Understanding the commercial applications for agriculture industries, and how farmers can access the technology is critical to the uptake and understanding of this technology.

Better understanding the possible use cases will help producers evaluate the return on investment and pathways for them to engage in this technology. This work will not only look at the potential of 3D printing in rural industries through the practical lens of producers, but also from a commercial opportunities standpoint for technology companies.

Project deliverables

  1. Collate the critical use cases and types of 3D printing technologies available to Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries.
  2. Develop a snapshot of the leaders and developers of 3D printing technologies and the level of interest / understanding of agricultural applications.
  3. Provide analysis of the technical and practical considerations of producers in adopting 3D printing technologies, including barriers to use and adoption. High level consideration of associated cost: benefit of 3D printing is to be included.
  4. Provide analysis of the barriers to technology companies investing in 3D opportunities for Australian agriculture e.g. size of potential market, regulatory environment including IP considerations, lack of awareness of agricultural opportunities.
  5. Develop case studies of successful use cases and demonstrate how 3D printing has been adopted both within and outside of Australia to increase productivity, transform or solve agricultural problems.
  6. Scan for 3D printing innovations and technologies for emerging applications that could have applicability and/or transferability to Australia’s rural industries.
  7. Analysis of recommendations regarding current and future opportunities for both producers and technology companies for the potential of 3D printing, including extension and adoption concepts.
  8. Provide recommendations regarding effective extension activities, including discussion of the merits and practical considerations of holding a 3D printing innovation/efficiency challenge. Ideally the challenge would partner with a 3D printing technology company to raise the profile of opportunities.
  9. In addition to a final report, summarise the findings into fact sheets targeted at key groups of producers (e.g. intensive agriculture, livestock, horticulture, fisheries, forestry, broad acre and plant-based industries).


9 October 2020RFQ applications open
30 October 2020RFQ applications close
3 December 2020Expected execution of contract or issue of agreement
28 March 2021Expected project completion date

AgriFutures Australia believes that the project should be completed within four months. If a longer timeframe is required, the Tenderer should explain why that is the case.

Terms of reference

By submitting an application, respondents acknowledge that they are willing to accept the terms and conditions set out in the Provider Agreement.

The Respondent agrees that AgriFutures Australia may accept or decline to accept the Respondent’s Quotation in its discretion. No commitments or contract exists until a contract in the form of the Provider Agreement is executed by both parties. The Respondent agrees that AgriFutures Australia is not required to enter into any contract in connection with the RFQ.

The Respondent agrees that participation in any stage of the RFQ process is at the Respondent’s sole risk and cost.

Acceptance of a Quotation will occur only when an Agreement is issued or a contract is executed.

AgriFutures Australia, at its discretion, may discontinue this RFQ, decline to accept any Quotation, decline to issue any contract or satisfy it requirement separately from this RFQ process.

How to make a submission

AgriFutures Australia business with the applicant is facilitated by the online project management system Clarity. This system manages all stages of project administration.

Quotation’s must be submitted online using Clarity. As part of their submission, respondents are required to attach the completed milestone template in Clarity.

Users must create a Clarity account before submitting a proposal.

If you have previously submitted an application via Clarity please use your existing name and password alternatively if your organisation already exists in Clarity, please use the New User Request online form and we will assign your profile to that organisation.

If your Research Organisation does not already exist in Clarity, or you are unsure, please use the New User and Company Creation Request to create a New Research Organisation and User account simultaneously.

Submissions close 12noon (AEDT) Friday, 30 October 2020.


If you have any questions about the RFQ process or requirements in the management services, please contact:

Jane Lovell
Manager, National Rural Issues