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US Navy awards $5 million to MatterHackers for Ultimaker 3D printers and training – 3DPrint.com

With over 70 desktop 3D printers to choose from and over 2,000 materials, it’s no wonder this California-based company MatterHackers is the largest US retailer of office systems and equipment. The company’s goal is to make 3D printing more accessible to everyone, from individuals and small businesses to enterprises and the military, and MatterHackers has some good news to share for the latter: it received the largest military contract ever awarded for desktop 3D printers.

The five-year, up to $5 million, competitive Tier 1 IDIQ contract for Additive Manufacturing Systems (AMS) has been awarded to MatterHackers by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to deliver deployable 3D printers, specifically the Ultimaker S5 system, to U.S. Navy and Navy bases domestically and abroad, and includes a maintenance strategy, industrial-grade filament, IT, and additional support and training. This is a major show of support from the Navy for the adoption of the AF, of which it has long been a supporter.

“MatterHackers is proud to be part of the innovation efforts of the US Armed Forces. The Tier 1 portion of this additive manufacturing initiative reflects a trend we are seeing in the commercial space – desktop 3D printers enabling wider and more cost-effective adoption of additive rather than traditional and expensive 3D printing systems. This trend is based on the confidence, born from experience, that desktop 3D printers can reliably deliver performance-level results,” Kevin Pope, COO of MatterHackers, told 3DPrint.com. “MatterHackers’ formula for successful deployments has been to combine innovative hardware with training and the right materials and we see this leads to wide-scale adoption time and time again.”

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Up to 75 Tier 1 printers can be deployed through 2025, and the resulting first delivery order, which was awarded at the same time as the contract, will be delivered by the end of this approaching year. to big steps. This contract will allow US warfighters to 3D print polymer parts when and where they need them – fleet readiness centers, maritime aviation logistics squadrons and associated expeditionary units, in this case.

“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 the systems are used to their full potential for critical applications. Especially 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,” Mara Hitner, Vice President strategic partnerships for MatterHackers, said in a press release.

Due to its many relationships with industry suppliers, GSA contract status, ability to organize difficult logistics, and prior work with all U.S. military branches – such as awarding a contract to provide desktop 3D printers and training at the I MEF Additive Manufacturing Training Center at Camp Pendleton – it makes sense that MatterHackers won this contract. Additionally, since 2015, the company has been one of the largest resellers of Ultimaker systems, making it “uniquely prepared and capable of delivering such a complex order” using its Pennsylvania shipping and logistics warehouses. and California.

Finally, MatterHackers was the right choice for this NAVAIR contract because of its love relationship with an immersive training and interactive learning company Build momentum, which will facilitate AMS training for the NAVAIR team. Based in Alexandria, Virginia, Building Momentum is a Small, veteran-owned company and offers training programs to help people from corporate executives to active duty members use technology to solve problems.

(Image courtesy of Building Momentum, 2018)

“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 Our Innovation Bootcamp training program has had widespread success over the years, and 3D printing is a core part of that program,” said Thomas Sullivan, COO of Building Momentum. a relationship with NAVAIR and to continue our commitment to MatterHackers for the benefit of all parties.”

Under the IDIQ contract, Building Momentum will provide hands-on training for each military base that receives a Level 1 ADM, and for the remainder of the five-year term, will continue to provide follow-up training, both virtually and live. -person, for printing with advanced materials and troubleshooting. The Ultimaker S5 was chosen for this contract due to its large build volume, powerful software, IT-secured design options and portfolio of compatible materials with NFC chips for easier use. . If you want to learn more about the S5, you can make an appointment with MatterHackers to see a live demo at its exhibition room.

(Source: MatterHackers)