We’ve been following the journey and evolution of MarkForged here at 3DPrint.com with marked interest, as soon as they came on the scene with plans to make the first ever carbon 3D printer. A product of many years in the making, the Mark One Carbon Fiber 3D printer has now earned its way into the spotlight as the world’s first 3D printer capable of printing nylon, carbon fiber, Kevlar, and fiberglass. The Mark One is a printer that displays undeniable, substantial advancement.
Announced today is a partnership between MarkForged and Symmetry Solutions for marketing the Mark One Carbon Fiber 3D Printer in North America. MarkForged chose Symmetry as their distributor due to their excellence in sales and marketing, with hopes to draw on their existing and solid base of clients.
“We needed an organization that could take our one-of-a-kind 3D printer to market and get it on the desks of every engineer and designer in North America. Symmetry Solutions is the organization that can do it,” stated Greg Mark, Founder and CEO, MarkForged. “We look forward to a long lasting and mutually successful partnership with Symmetry Solutions.”
One-of-a-kind is no exaggeration when it comes to the Mark One. With the capability of printing in carbon fiber, Kevlar, fiberglass, and nylon, it features a build volume of 320mm x 132xx x 160mm. Using one nozzle to print plastic, it uses the other to print the fiber, with the outcome being an extremely durable and inimitable material capable of producing prototypes that are extremely strong. Combined with surprising affordability, the Mark One is in a niche all by itself, producing objects that are five times as strong as the norm, that can be printed directly from the desktop.
“We are excited to be the official supplier of the world’s first 3D printer to print in carbon fiber. This is a great partnership with MarkForged, and we are eager to bring this incredible new technology to the masses,” stated Paul Rudin, President, Symmetry Solutions.
Headquartered in Brooklyn Park, MN, Symmetry is also the official SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software and training provider for the Upper Midwest. They provide training, support and implementation services as well.
With the technology in hand to offer clients the potential to produce prototypes previously not possible, Symmetry should be looking forward to opening a new world to their clients. MarkForged was on hand at the recent 2015 International CES and was very open to sharing information about their 3D printer with us. The also had prints on hand to see and hold as examples, which were impossible to bend or break upon being 3D printed in fiberglass and Kevlar. Items printed in carbon were the same way—as strong as metal.
Standing 14.2” high, 22.6” wide and 12.7” deep, the Mark One is designed to produced advanced strength in comparision to other 3D printers on the market today, catering to engineers who are involved in designing real parts, tooling, and fixtures. They can literally design a carbon part and 3D print it out right at their desk. The question that remains is what our world of innovators are waiting to produce and what new, unforeseen barriers will be broken with this superior, unique technology. This partnership should go a long way in helping to answer some of these questions.
What do you see as the future potential for the Mark One as far as engineering goes? Is this a 3D printer you would like to own? Did you see it at 2015 International CES? Share with us in the MarkForged and Symmetry Solutions Partnership forum over at 3DPB.com.