MatterHackers, the largest US-based 3D retailer of desktop 3D printers and materials, was competitively awarded a five-year IDIQ contract (up to $5M) to deliver fully-deployable additive manufacturing systems (AMS) to US Navy and Marine bases across the United States and overseas. The Tier 1 AMS includes Ultimaker S5 3D printers, industrial-grade filament, supplemental IT and support, maintenance strategy, and on-the-ground training facilitated by longtime MatterHackers partner, Building Momentum. This is the largest military contract ever awarded for desktop 3D printers, and demonstrates the Navy's commitment to widespread adoption of additive manufacturing. Up to 75 Tier 1 Additive Manufacturing Systems can be fielded through 2025. The first Delivery Order to be delivered by the end of 2021, was awarded simultaneously with the IDIQ contract.
Mr. Robert Kimble, the Naval Air Systems Command's (NAVAIR's) Naval Sustainment Group Director, whose portfolio includes Naval Aviation Additive Manufacturing, said "The IDIQ brings the much needed capability of printing parts at the point-of-need to our Warfighters." The deployment of the Ultimaker S5 desktop polymer system to the Fleet Readiness Centers, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadrons and their associated Expeditionary Units represents the first of NAVAIR's three-tiered approach to putting Additive Manufacturing in the hands of the Fleet - the others tiers being deployment of Industrial Polymer and Metal part printing systems.
MatterHackers is well positioned for this competition given its extensive relationships with vendors in the industry, proven ability to coordinate complex logistics, existing GSA contract status and past performance with all branches of the military, including a previous contract award to deliver similar 3D printers and training to I MEF Additive Manufacturing Training Center at Camp Pendleton. for further information see the IDTechEx report on 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing 2020-2030: COVID Edition.
"MatterHackers' commitment to NAVAIR is not to just deliver 3D printers to the field and Warfighters, but to provide continued training and personalized support to ensure that the systems are being used to their full capacity for critical applications." says Mara Hitner, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for MatterHackers. "Especially with the variety of robust, engineering-grade materials available for the Ultimaker S5, the impact that these systems will have on the capabilities of our Warfighters to do their work around the world will be unprecedented."
The Ultimaker S5 had been identified as the ideal 3D printer for this effort based on its large-scale build volume, catalogue of compatible materials with NFC-chips for ease of use, IT-secure design options, and powerful Cura software, all at an unmatched price point. MatterHackers has been one of the largest Ultimaker resellers since 2015, and is uniquely prepared for and capable of delivering such a complex order utilizing their multiple shipping and logistics warehouses - one in York, PA and the other at their headquarters in Orange County, CA.
"Ultimaker has become a leading 3D printing platform by earning the trust of some of the most demanding organizations in the world," says Jürgen von Hollen, CEO of Ultimaker. "Having our Ultimaker S5 3D printing platform selected to be part of the largest US military contract ever awarded for desktop 3D printers is particularly exciting. Serving this critical sector and addressing the unique requirements of US Navy and Marine bases across the United States and overseas advances 3D printing applications across all sectors of industry in years to come."
The final piece to make MatterHackers a one-stop-shop for NAVAIR was the longstanding relationship between MatterHackers and Building Momentum - an immersive training and interactive learning company that offers programs to empower people to become better problem solvers through technology. 3D printers are a standard tool used in their training programs. Based in Alexandria, VA, Building Momentum will provide hands-on training for every base receiving a Tier 1 Additive Manufacturing System, and provide continued follow-on training for printing advanced materials and problem solving throughout the five-year contract period, both in-person and virtually.
"We are grateful for the opportunity to train NAVAIR's team on these 3D printers, as we have seen firsthand what a huge impact they can have on affecting real change within the military, as well as corporations," noted Thomas Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer at Building Momentum. "Our Innovation Bootcamp training program has seen widespread success over the years, and 3D printing is a critical part of that program. We look forward to creating a relationship with NAVAIR and continuing our commitment to MatterHackers to the benefit of all parties."
MatterHackers is the largest 3D printing retailer in the U.S., with a selection of 70+ desktop 3D printers and 2000+ materials available at MatterHackers.com, and at their showroom in Orange County, CA. MatterHackers' mission is to make 3D printing and digital fabrication easier and more accessible for everyone. They provide hands-on guidance and recommendations to help schools, military, small businesses, corporations, and individuals purchase the 3D printers, materials, and other digital fabrication equipment they need for their applications. MatterHackers also produces the Pulse line of 3D printers, and thousands of American-made filaments and resins under their MatterHackers Pro Series brand. MatterHackers provides free phone and email support and free US shipping. GSA MAS Schedule #47QSWA18D0087.
Established in 2011, Ultimaker is on a mission to accelerate the world's transformation to flexible, empowering, and sustainable solutions. 380 employees collaborate globally to deliver a platform that enables customers to take full advantage of the unique Ultimaker ecosystem that offers the largest diversity of 3D printing products and services in the industry. Ultimaker provides a seamless integration of hardware, software, and materials that simply works.
About Building Momentum
Building Momentum's immersive training and interactive learning programs empower people to become better problem solvers—from corporate leaders to active-duty service members in the field. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the Veteran-Owned Small Business' core programs include an Innovation Bootcamp, Corporate Training, Technology and Prototype Development, and Consulting. For more information, visit https://www.buildingmomentum.us/.
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