Markforged Debuts Metal and Carbon Fiber Print Farms

Industrial metal and carbon fiber additive manufacturing company releases more options for high-throughput 3D printing.

Industrial metal and carbon fiber additive manufacturing company releases more options for high-throughput 3D printing.

Markforged unveils the company’s Print Farms—a new way for customers to build metal and carbon fiber printing capacity with Markforged. The new packages allow customers to purchase the Metal X systems and X7 printers, priced together, to rapidly create metal, composite and hybrid parts that leverage both materials for high-throughput 3D printing. Managed from one centralized, cloud-based software platform, Markforged Print Farms gives access to a full range of industrial materials on one platform and the ability to print multiple materials in parallel.

“We are introducing Print Farms to help customers maximize the efficiency of our Metal X systems. Three to five Metal X printers, one Wash and a Sinter-2 is the optimum package to maximize output,” says Jon Reilly, VP of Product at Markforged. “A properly balanced printing farm helps companies accelerate their transition to digital manufacturing.”

The new Print Farms lets clients create parts that are optimized for cost, speed and efficiency—while Markforged helps simplify the process with a lineup of metal and carbon fiber materials:

High-Strength Metals—Markforged customers currently can print with 17-4PH Stainless Steel, H13 Tool Steel, and, most recently, A2 Tool Steel. This September, Markforged will release D2 Tool Steel, a high-carbon, high-chromium tool steel that can be heat treated to a very high hardness. It offers wear resistance and is widely used in cold work applications that requires high compression strength and abrasion resistance.

Industrial-Grade Composites—Markforged’s Onyx material combines with high-strength continuous fibers, such as carbon fiber, fiberglass, HSHT fiberglass and Kevlar, to create parts as strong as aluminum. The lineup also includes Onyx FR, a blue card certified, flame-retardant material designed for industries like aerospace, automotive and defense.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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