MarkForged found a way to 3D print using continuous strands of fiber-based materials like carbon fiber, Kevlar, and fiberglass, and that method provides 3D printed plastic with the needed reinforcement to create functional parts.
When MarkForged announced their Mark One 3D printer in January of last year, it was thought impossible to extrude continuous fiber from an FFF 3D printer, and there was no shortage of skeptics.
Now NovaCopy, Inc. has been named a flagship reseller of the Mark One, and they say that means functional parts can be printed with a higher strength-to-weight ratio than aluminum.
“NovaCopy has made its ‘mark’ as one of the top 2D and 3D technology companies in the industry,” says MarkForged Founder and CEO, Greg Mark. “They bring 16 years of experience ensuring customer success at every step of the way. From onsite installation to training classes to a prototype service bureau to world-class support with dedicated hotline and service techs, NovaCopy is a perfect fit for this technology. We’re excited to have them as one of our flagship resellers.”
Mark says the Mark One can print outer contours and curves in engineering nylon, and as it does, each part is filled with close-packed reinforcement in continuous carbon fiber, Kevlar, or fiberglass, and the printer does that by actively switching between two nozzles during the process.
NovaCopy also says they’ve expanded their prototyping and short-run manufacturing service bureau to include carbon fiber, Kevlar, and fiberglass-infused nylon 3D printed parts via their NovaCopy3D.com website.
“We’re honored to be chosen as a flagship reseller for MarkForged as this revolutionary technology further establishes NovaCopy as one of the preeminent 3D Printing technology companies in the United States,” said Melissa Ragsdale, NovaCopy’s President of 3D Printing Solutions. “We look forward to helping businesses and individuals make their ‘mark’ in the 21st Century.”
NovaCopy is a full-service provider of 3D printer technology, copiers, and document solutions as well as a 3D printer and scanner reseller in the South for 3D Systems, Creaform, and Konica Minolta. The company offers free cost analysis for solutions, equipment, accessories, and software.
The Mark One 3D printer features a build volume of 320 x 132 x 160 mm, and the prints created by the Mark One feel rigid. When printing with Kevlar, parts feature a flexibility lacking with carbon fiber and fiberglass, but they also provide superior strength.
Using the Mark One 3D printer doesn’t involve a moving platform, and print jobs can be paused while the platform is removed. Mark says this feature allows for the insertion of components like batteries or sensor to be inserted into a 3D printed object mid-print.
Have you ever seen or ordered parts made with the Mark One 3D Printer from MarkForged? Let us know in the NovaCopy Resellers for Mark One Carbon Fiber 3D Printer forum thread on 3DPB.com.