3D printer reseller MatterHackers won a $5 million IDIQ contract to supply desktop 3D printing systems to the US military over the next five years.
The Tier 1 Additive Manufacturing Systems (AMS) contract is considered the largest military contract ever awarded for desktop 3D printers and will see Ultimaker S5 systems, industrial-grade filament, computing, maintenance strategy, and field support are provided to US Navy and Navy bases in the United States and overseas. Delivery of 3D printing systems will begin by the end of 2021, with up to 75 Tier 1 AMSs to be commissioned through 2025.
Ultimaker’s S5 3D printing system was identified as the “ideal 3D printer” for this contract due to its “large build volume, catalog of materials compatible with NFC chips for ease of use, options computer-secured designs and its powerful Cura software”. MatterHackers has been an Ultimaker reseller since 2015 and will ship machines from its warehouses in York, PA and Orange County, CA. The company will also leverage another longtime partner, Building Momentum, to provide hands-on training to each military base that receives a Level 1 AMS, including ongoing support throughout the five-year contract period. .
“MatterHackers’ commitment to NAVAIR is not just to provide 3D printers in the field and to Warfighters, but to provide ongoing training and personalized support to ensure systems are used to their full potential for mission-critical applications” , commented Mara Hitner, Vice President. strategic partnerships for MatterHackers. “Particularly with the variety of rugged, engineering-grade materials available for the Ultimaker S5, the impact these systems will have on our Warfighters’ abilities to do their jobs around the world will be unparalleled.”
“We are grateful to have the opportunity to train the NAVAIR team on these 3D printers, as we have seen firsthand the huge impact they can have on real change within the military, as well than on businesses,” added Thomas Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer. Officer at Building Momentum. “Our Innovation Bootcamp training program has had widespread success over the years, and 3D printing is a core part of the program. We look forward to building a relationship with NAVAIR and continuing our commitment to MatterHackers for the benefit of all parties.
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