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globalfsd6Back in November, we reported that the Global Filament Sample Depot (GlobalFSD) had launched. With their launch, they brought the first online market for purchasing samples of 3D printing filament. Today comes news that GlobalFSD.com has expanded, opening their doors to the global marketplace, and enabling anyone with a 3D printer to indulge in the wonderful world of filament.

It’s only been a few years that FDM/FFF-based 3D printers have been available to the consumer market. In this short amount of time, filament options have expanded at an ever increasing rate. Gone are the days of only having two options of print material available (ABS and PLA), with the recent introduction of all sorts of unique filaments. There are literally hundreds of different material options to choose from when selecting the perfect filament for a particular 3D printing job. Unfortunately though, spools of filament can be quite pricey, thus making it almost impossible to try out all of the possible materials you could be interested in.

Sponge Print Credit: Trevor Jackson (GlobalFSD customer) - Porolay Gel Lay by Formfutura

Sponge Print Credit: Trevor Jackson (GlobalFSD customer) – Porolay Gel Lay by Formfutura

This is where GlobalFSD comes into play. They offer 5-meter or 10-meter samples of a plethora of name brand filaments, for pocket change, and today they announce that they are available worldwide, in three different currencies (USD, Euro, British Pound).

“We have all had that overwhelming feeling of delight when a new filament has been developed and is ready for pre-order,” explained Tim Kay, co-founder of GlobalFSD.com. “Here at Global Filament Sample Depot, we have that same sense of excitement every single working day, when we are packing and dispatching these amazing filaments to all those enthusiastic 3D printer users around the world. We truly believe in GlobalFSD as a service rather than a business and take pride in ensuring that the samples you order are well packed and quickly dispatched, arriving at its destination, wrapped and cared for, smiling and content in the knowledge of knowing the enjoyment that those filaments will bring to the customer.”

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Bumper Car Print Credit: Tim Kay GlobalFSD EasyFill HIPS by Formfutura & SemiFlex by Fenner Drives

I personally love experimenting with filaments, especially the unique compound filaments that bring the use of metals, woods, and natural materials into the world of FFF-based 3D printing.

Being able to visit GlobalFSD on the internet, add a dozen or so samples to my cart and then pay about $30 to have them delivered to my front door, is actually quite exciting.

GlobalFSD has also formed partnerships with various well-known filament manufacturers. In fact, taulman3D has chosen them as a way to exclusively launch their new filaments. The new taulman3D ‘PLAtinum’ industrial PLA, ‘BluPrint’ CO-BPE, ‘Tech G’ PETG, ‘BIO-G,’ and ‘Nylon 680 FDA’ are all part of the GlobalFSD marketplace.

“GLOBALFSD.com brings a new tool to the designer, inventor and artist,” says taulman3D founder Tom Martzall. “As these professionals and hobbyists develop new designs, they will have a huge selection of materials to choose from. In addition, some designs may need to be tested with a short list of materials that fit a certain need, like durability with color capability. GLOBALFSD.com allows the end user to select and procure several similar materials and make design decisions based on testing without the investment of a large quantity.”

Other manufacturers of filament are using GlobalFSD as a means to market their new materials free of charge. All it takes for these companies is to mail some spools of filament to GlobalFSD, and they take care of the rest.

rog Print Credit: Also Trevor Jackson - Porolay Gel Lay by FormFutura

Frog Print Credit: Also Trevor Jackson – Porolay Gel Lay by FormFutura

Without a doubt, the selection of filaments available will only continue to expand as time progresses, and GlobalFSD is at the forefront of allowing individuals and companies to experiment with different materials to see which are right for them. Currently, GlobalFSD offers filament from well-respected manufacturers such as Formfutura, Recreus, 3Dom Filaments, Fenner Drive’s NinjaFlex, taulman 3D, Fillamentum, 3DXTech, Polymakr, Oo-Kuma, plus more. While they have already partnered with a large amount of popular filament manufacturers, it should be interesting to see if all of the other manufacturers out there begin using the platform as a means of getting their materials into potential customers’ hands.

What do you think about GlobalFSD? Do you like the idea behind it? Have you ordered any samples from them yet? Discuss in the GlobalFSD forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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