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FELIXPrinters Authorized to Supply US Government with 3D Printing Solutions

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FELIXprinters now joins the likes of 3DPRINTLIFE, Stratasys and Triton3D as an authorized supplier of 3D printing products, solutions, and services to the U.S. Government.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Image Courtesy of FELIXprinters

The Dutch 3D printer manufacturer entered into a distribution contract with TeamOne, a leading distributor and supplier of 3D printing hardware, materials, and accessories in the U.S., and a General Services Administration (GSA) Mass Award Schedules (MAS) contractor for the U.S. government. The U.S. Government is arguably TeamOne’s most significant client, so by entering into the distribution agreement with TeamOne, FELIXprinters now has its products listed on the U.S. government contract Schedule 36 3D Products and Service Team One Contract #GS-03F-050GA, and on GSAadvantage.com for US government procurement, including federal, state and local governments.

Team One already partners with established OEMs to provide advanced technologies and solutions for government procurement demands in IT products, office products, and 3D products and services. Through this partnership with TeamOne, FELIXprinters has truly expanded its presence and reach in the US 3D printing market, in a year where they also launched its BIOprinter and high temperature 3D printing platform.

The U.S. government’s GSA MAS program aims to be “the premier acquisition resource for additive manufacturing technologies that spans the manufacturing lifecycle from design-to-rapid prototype-to-mission critical part”, and has enlisted over twenty vendors in 3D printing solutions to benefit from access to government spend on contracts, from streamlined procedures, government resources, support teams, and e-tools. This is to encourage vendors to compete to provide the most advanced Additive Manufacturing (AM) hardware and solutions to a wide range of government agencies that need them, such as the Department of Army, Department of Navy, Department of Air Force, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Justice, Department of Commerce, Army Corps of Engineers, among others. These AM solutions will be applied within the military, primarily in areas of rapid prototyping, obsolescent and legacy part manufacturing, reverse engineering, research & development, system integration, and to maintain operational readiness.

Wilgo Feliksdal, co-founder of FELIXprinters said,

“We are delighted to be working with Team One in the States, and are extremely encouraged by our inclusion on this US government contract. This could help establish FELIXprinters as a prominent player in the US 3D printing sector, and it comes in a year when we have launched two new 3D printers, our BIOprinter (also on federal contract) and an upcoming platform for high temperature printing. We continue to innovate, to listen to customer requirements, and then serve them with competitively priced 3D printing solutions which have at their core ease of use and above all else accuracy, reliability, and repeatability.”

TeamOne has added all of FELIXprinters 3D printers: the Tec 4, Tec 4 L, Pro 3, and large-format Pro L & XL, which are desktop printers for industrial production, which large build sizes, are meant to be easy to assemble and upgrade, feature high quality consistent prints, aim for minimal downtime, and are marketed as eco-friendly.

Founded in 2010 in the Netherlands, FELIXprinters initially began with developing a desktop FFF 3D printer, the Felix 1.0, and then successfully expanded into the professional and industrial segments with its award-winning Felix Pro series of 3D printers. Earlier in 2019, the company claimed to have sold over 5000 printers worldwide, through a reseller network of 40 partners across 53 countries and six continents, to clients including Tesla, BASF, Microsoft, Phillips, Volkswagen, and a number of leading Dutch universities. The company recently announced the commercial launch of its BIOprinter (the first developed in the Netherlands) for scientific, research or medical applications, co-developed with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Training4CRM, with support from the EU Horizon 2020 Program.

The company also recently supported the development of 3D printed plant-based seafood using the BIOprinter, which could extrude multiple food inks simultaneously, and saw the production process scaled up. The company’s products and solutions have particularly earned a reputation in sectors of automotive, architecture, food, and government.

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