Skilcraft recently launched its new family of 3D printing filaments, a line that is dedicated to the US federal government. The 75-year-old brand presents an atypical business model since it does not manufacture itself its filaments, but selects American manufacturers of each type of filament it offers. A strategy that also ensures the “made in America”.

Indeed, key packaging components, assembly labor and order fulfillment services are provided by a National Industries for the Blind (NIB) affiliate, making all SKILCRAFT 3D offerings compliant with the requirements for AbilityOne certification.

The company will begin by selling the basics: PLA Pro, ABS Pro and Nylon Pro. However, the FDA-compliant Polyamide Polyolefin and Cellulose (PAPC) filament intended for biomaterial printing will very soon be released.

Speaking about the quality of the filaments, David Beschen, SKILCRAFT 3D Principal said: “Some filament manufacturers are really good at one type of material, but not others. By employing this ‘publisher’ model with filament, our customers can be assured that they will always get the superior option—regardless of which type of material they use. Besides, using inferior filaments has been shown to be much costlier in the long run and far outweigh any savings on purchase price.

Other products currently available from SKILCRAFT 3D

Still for the federal U.S. government, the company provides a range of accessories used in 3D printing. All SKILCRAFT 3D products currently available can be found on GSA Advantage.

The company will officially launch the full line in late September 2018, and will take the opportunity to announce new products and unveil a roadmap of future products for the next quarter.

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