Machine manufacturer Essentium, Inc. partners with 3D-Fuel, a 3D printing filament manufacturer to develop new materials and simplify the procurement process for customers. To do so, they will enable customers to access a comprehensive range of filaments through a single provider.
The partnership consolidates 3D-Fuel’s production to Essentium’s AS9100D and ISO 9001:2015 certified Texas facilities for the North American market, ensuring efficient scaling and delivery of US-manufactured materials. Customers will have access to both the 3D-Fuel and Essentium portfolios, creating a comprehensive product portfolio to enhance the customer experience. Now, they can meet all their filament needs in one place, with one shipment and one vendor record in their accounting systems.
3D-Fuel has a longstanding relationship with NatureWorks, a manufacturer of low-carbon polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymers derived from renewable resources. This collaboration will further enhance the production of functional 3D printing materials using plant-based inputs, contributing to reducing the carbon footprint of the desktop 3D printing market.
In addition to the existing portfolio of filament lines and extensive color options, 3D-Fuel will introduce new products to their portfolio, enabled by Essentium’s expertise in fiber reinforcement, multi-layer filament extrusion, and other innovative material capabilities. Plans include developing a new spool design to enhance compatibility with various 3D printing systems, improve shipping efficiency, and reduce plastic waste. The products resulting from this collaboration will be branded as “3D-Fuel powered by Essentium.”
According to John Schneider, CEO & Co-Founder at 3D-Fuel, Essentium’s dedication to product quality is evidenced by its ISO9001 and AS9100D certifications as well as its ITAR registration – something that an increasing number of their customers were requesting and expecting of a US-manufactured product. “As a result of this partnership, we also look forward to more reliably in-stock materials to meet the rapidly growing demand for 3D-Fuel filaments,” he said.
“Our partnership is not only about collaboration but accelerating 3D printing adoption and innovation, this coming together will also ensure that customers can use additive manufacturing to bolster their supply chain and manufacturing processes with the highest quality, American-made printing materials,” said Ryan Vano, VP of Filament Production at Essentium Inc.
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