The team at MarkForged is responsible for a carbon fiber 3D printer and a 3D printing carbon material that together are equally impressive. They allow you to 3D print parts that are stronger. They allow you to 3D print parts faster. They allow you to 3D print with power. And now–they allow you to do so from the cloud.
As the ‘unveilings’ begin at 2015 International CES, MarkForged is front and center, letting their present and future client base know that an already amazing 3D printer now has an added feature for teamwork and convenience, as they roll out their cloud-based software for the Mark One Composite 3D printer.
On display at 2015 International CES today, the Mark One is a 3D printer created by a team of inspired engineers who have been working toward the goal of taking what originally seemed like an impossible concept to a reality for many years, pitching in to bring a comprehensive idea full circle and into motion with both machinery and material.
One word that seems to emerge repeatedly with the Mark One is power. And it’s obvious that the power of MarkForged’s product is a direct result of the power of their team. With the level of teamwork and collaboration present at MarkForged, an open, cloud-based environment for the 3D printer is a logical accessory. This is a group of creators who each had a part in designing a concept and building a product they believed in and were invested in. These are inventors who have made a machine for inventors.
Cloud-based software is an extension to promote and continue teamwork and collaboration not only for the group at MarkForged, but for all the teams who are busy using the Mark One to 3D print carbon products – some of which may have the potential to change the world. It’s an easy connection to make: a powerful team making a powerful product needs a powerful tool.
“We thought we’d show part of the potential of the cloud today by rolling out a cool new capability as we unveil our software,” said Greg Mark, founder and CEO of MarkForged. “As of today, the Mark One supports embedding of functional electronics and metal structures inside our continuous composite 3D printed parts. Your printer will notify you – via the cloud – when it is time to place your inserts.”
Made for individuals who have a specific idea and part in mind that they want to design and actually use, the Mark One prints in carbon fiber, offering lighter weight but greater strength, even than metal. Not only that, you can 3D print carbon parts on your desk, designing a part, 3D printing it, and putting it right to use. The capability to print with strands of carbon fiber allows for strength and innovation that supply the potential for designers in many industries to create products we have not even thought of — from aviation, to automotive and motorcycle parts, to prosthetics, robotics, parts for space — and far more.
While the idea of building a powerful new material and a powerful new desktop 3D printer was being conceptualized and designed for years at MarkForged, cloud computing is a concept that has been ‘up there’ for half a century, also conceptualized and in the works until it could be brought to fruition. Now, with many other technological advances all coming together at lightning speed, companies such as this are able to complete and accentuate their products with cloud-based software.
What do you think of the potential for 3D printing with carbon? Tell us about it in the MarkForged Cloud Based Software forum over at 3DPB.com.