Carahsoft To Provide Markforged’s Tech To Us Government
Market Expertz | May 15, 2019
Markforged, the 3D printer manufacturer, and Carahsoft Technology Corp are working together to provide Markforged’s industrial additive manufacturing technologies to the United States government. The agreement entails that Carahsoft will take on the role of Markforged’s master government aggregator and distributor to ensure the availability of the manufacturer’s metal and carbon 3D printers to Federal agencies and reseller partners. With the collaboration, Markforged hopes to enter the public sector and to offer its products to Carahsoft’s partners.
Carahsoft, located in Virginia, aims to build and support an ecosystem of manufacturers, system integrators, value-added resellers, and consulting partners to help government agencies pick the IT solutions most suited for them. It also holds the NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V contract, which will help it provide the additive manufacturing technologies to the US Government. NASA SEWP, a government-wide acquisition contract for federal agencies in the United States allows the agencies to buy IT equipment and services from SEWP-authorized dealers. The company’s consumer base currently includes organizations such as Autodesk, Adobe, Amazon, Dell, and Google. Markforged, after entering the public sector, is working on extending its additive manufacturing business. The company recently opened its first office outside of the US in Dublin, Ireland, which will serve as its headquarters in Europe. The company was set up after it closed a Series D funding round with an amount of $82 million in March this year. The series saw contributions from companies like Microsoft, Siemens, and Porsche. The company utilized the funding to launch new products including its Onyx FR 3D printing nylon, which is a flame-resistant composite material that can be applied in automotive, aerospace, and defense industries.
Lacey Wean, Manager, Markforged team at Carahsoft, has said that the ability to manufacture tools and parts aside from the existent supply chain allows the field teams the ability to adapt to changing mission needs. Wean also said that the partnership with the manufacturer will give Federal agencies access to the 3D printers and will help them avoid the costs and delays usually faced when purchasing from external vendors.