Markforged Forges Ahead with Over 100 Metal X 3D Printers Shipped

IMTS

Share this Article

Markforged may always be known as the company that developed the world’s first carbon fiber 3D printer, the Mark One. Since introducing the now prolific 3D printer, however, the company has branched out into other types of machines – namely, metal. In January 2017 Markforged announced the release of the Metal X, the company’s first metal 3D printer. It wasn’t just an ordinary metal 3D printer, either, but one that introduced a new technology: Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing, or ADAM.

ADAM works by printing parts from a metal powder contained in a plastic binder. The binder is removed after the print job is complete, and then the parts are sintered, allowing metal crystals to grow throughout them and imparting superb strength. The technology, according to Markforged, is fast, inexpensive, and can produce parts with geometries that other 3D printing techniques cannot, such as closed-cell honeycomb infill.

Markforged began shipping the Metal X in April of this year, and today the company announced that it has already shipped more than 100 machines. Markforged expects to double that number by the end of the year. Its shipments already represent 10% of the market.

“Demand for affordable, strong, and safe metal 3D printing has never been greater,” said Greg Mark, CEO and founder of Markforged. “Markforged is drastically reducing the barriers to entry and opening up additive to more and more businesses every day. We can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store.”

The Metal X retails for a fraction of the cost of other metal 3D printers as well as traditional manufacturing machines, and according to Markforged, customers are already saving hundreds of thousands of dollars per part, 3D printing functional prototypes, tools and fixtures, injection molds and even end-use parts. Metal X is helping manufacturers accelerate time to market for new hardware by rapidly decreasing iteration cycles of traditional product development. It’s also reducing the need for inventory, allowing manufacturers to 3D print parts on demand. Manufacturers are seeing reduction of shipping costs and simplification of logistics with the ability to send part designs directly to 3D printers anywhere.

Re3DTech is a service bureau that was founded in 2016 by Russell Beck and Jim Teuber, who now serve hundreds of customers using Markforged metal and composite 3D printers.

“Markforged – especially the Metal X – accelerated our ability to serve a higher level of the industry,” said Beck. “We’re educating more and more companies everyday on the power of additive. Customers can see the performance of the machines in an actual manufacturing environment and it’s incredible to watch them hold a Markforged-printed part for the first time. With Markforged, we nearly always exceed their expectations, and we don’t need hazmat suits or a million-dollar machine to do it.”

Discuss this and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com or share your thoughts below. 

[Images: Carbon]

 

 

Share this Article


Recent News

3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: April 14, 2024

3D Printing News Briefs, April 13, 2024: Robotics, Orthotics, & Hypersonics



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Rail Giant Alstom Saves $15M with 3D Printing Automation Software 3D Spark

3D Spark has entered into a three-year deal with the rail giant Alstom. Alstom, a transport behemoth with annual revenues of $16 billion, specializes in the manufacture of trains, trams,...

Sponsored

CDFAM Returns to Berlin for Second Annual Symposium

The second CDFAM Computational Design Symposium is scheduled for May 7-8, 2024, in Berlin, and will convene leading experts in computational design across all scales. Building upon the first event...

3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: April 7, 2024

Webinars and events in the 3D printing industry are picking back up this week! Sea-Air-Space is coming to Maryland, and SAE International is sponsoring a 3D Systems webinar about 3D...

Roboze Brings Performance Polymer 3D Printing to SoCal via New Partnership

High-performance polymer 3D printing firm Roboze has been steadily working to expand its global footprint, with a firm eye on distributed manufacturing, particularly with regard to the oil and gas,...