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Post Date/ Solicitation Issue Date
Closing Response Date
Proposed Award Date
Project Title
Purchase of 3D Design Software
Contracting Office
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Contact Points

Primary Contract Specialist

NAICS Code Number
Small Business Size Standard
Other than Small Business
FPDS Classification Code
Estimated Period of Performance
Minimum period of performance will be warranted for one year
Delivery of Goods
Within 30 days after the contract has been awarded.
Set-Aside Status
Not Set Aside
Competition Status
Brand Name Only
Vendor Name
Cimquest, Inc.
3434 US Highway 22 Ste 130
Branchburg New Jersey 08876
Tax ID :22-3084813
866 277-8778
Single-Sole Source Determination
The Oqton FreeForm Plus - 3D Design Software for Organic Models listed herein is available from only one source, and competition is precluded for the reasons indicated below. There are no substitutes available.

This acquisition is restricted to: Software manufacture 3D SYSTEMS – OQTON, 333 Three D Systems Circle Rock Hill, SC 29730, USA Joel Webner +1 (803) 554-6063 3dsystems.com. This manufacture is representateb by existing NIH distributor Cimquest Inc. 3434 Rt. 22 West, Suite 130, Branchburg, NJ. 08876 Joel Pollet 732-699-0400 x 223

The essential characteristics of the Oqton FreeForm Plus 3D Design Software for Organic Models that limit the availability to a sole source are: it is able to import native SolidWorks file format .sldprt directly, with parametric features; it is able to export file back into SolidWorks with parametric features for further processing; it has one-click functionality to easily produce shell of subject head, for making support structure, and for installing MRI probe; it is able to integrate seamlessly with existing Oqton software DesignX already in use by NIMH NIF. Only this suggested source can furnish the requirements, to the exclusion of other sources, because the source is the manufacturer of the existing family of software currently used by NIF for design of MRI radio frequency probe, and file exchange between programs depend exclusively on proprietary information held by the manufacturer.
Background/Description of Requirement

The Section on Instrumentation (SI) is a centralized core facility that conceptualize, design, simulate, and fabricate mechanical and electronic parts to support scientific research. The Neurophysiology Imaging Facility (NIF) is a centralized core facility that brings together a broad range of techniques to provide the most integrated and efficient study of brain physiology in nonhuman primates. The MRI scanner at NIMH will be used to conduct high quality anatomical MRIs and awake behaving functional MRIs. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is one of the most impressive tools of modern medicine, allowing for the visualization of normal and pathological tissues in the body. In no field has imaging impacted biomedical research more than in the study of the brain, in which MR allows one to visualize not only neural structures but also neural function. Both core facilities are an intramural resource shared by many institutes at the NIH – e.g., NIMH, NINDS, NICHD, and NEI. 


As is typical with specialized advanced instrumentation, it is impossible to find ‘commercial off the shelf (COTS)’ equipment required for both mechanical and electronic preparation and experimental setup. To advance the research programs supported by NIMH, NINDS, NICHD, and NEI, the core staff, in collaboration with other researchers at NIH and other academic institutions, develops methodologies to obtain novel data. Several such collaborations have yielded excellent data, resulting in the publication of several peer-reviewed papers over the past five years.  Both facilities are among a handful of sites in the world with this type of leading-edge setup dedicated to human and animal model mental health research.


This acquisition is for Oqton FreeForm Plus software.  This software will be used daily by both facilities to conceptualize, design, simulate, and fabricate mechanical and electronic parts.

Interested parties may identify in writing their interest and capability in response to this requirement. Responses to this notice shall contain sufficient information to establish the interested parties’ bona-fide capabilities for fulfilling the requirement and include: unit price, list price, shipping and handling costs, the delivery period after contract award, the prompt payment discount terms, the F.O.B. Point (Destination or Origin), the Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the certification of business size. All offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov.

All responses must be received by closing date and must reference the announcement. Responses may be submitted electronically to the attention of the contract specialist. Fax responses will not be accepted.

All responsible sources may submit a bid, proposal, or quotation which shall be considered by the agency.