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We are the 3D printing arm of a larger company called Express Group Ltd. Fixing printers since 1988, today we are a Specialist Parts Distributor and Experts in 3D Printing.
We take quality control very seriously, which is why we are audited for ISO9001:2015 certification, this helps ensure we provide great customer service.
Markforged makes industry-leading 3D printers for applications in engineering, manufacturing, product design and functional prototyping. Print metal, carbon fibre, high-temp fibreglass, fibreglass, Kevlar and more. Print parts, tools, and fixtures stronger than metal, or even in metal. The possibilities are endless, and the 3D printers are tried, tested and proven in industry. Quality is the Markforged difference. This is a brand you can rely on to deliver consistency every time.
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Elmer’s Disappearing Purple Glue Stick is a safe and non-toxic adhesive that can be used to improve bed adhesion on some 3D printers with a glass build plate. This glue adheres to your printer’s build plate and provides a stickier surface that parts attach to.
This is the glue stick that Markforged recommends you use when printing with the Mark Two 3D printer. Elmer’s Disappearing Purple Glue Stick should be applied to the glass build plate to form a thin but consistent layer. The glue will remain sticky, which is useful if you are printing larger parts or if you are printing parts that are very thin at the bottom. And perhaps best of all, this glue just peels off the build plate afterwards, with very little cleaning needed, and the glue can be stored away for over a year without degradation.
This is a very high quality product, with it being the only third-party glue stick that’s recommended by Markforged. However, this glue stick can be difficult to get a hold of in the United Kingdom. Thankfully, we have a new batch in stock ready to go, so there’s no need to purchase yours from the US and have it imported into the UK.
Many 3D printers lay claim to being ‘industrial-grade’ but when you delve into their material list, rarely do you find anything more durable than nylon.
That’s where Markforged 3D printers differ. In the case of the Desktop and Industrial series 3D printers, these use nylon or Onyx as the base material (Onyx is a proprietary filament made by Markforged, it’s part nylon, part chopped carbon fibre). You can then reinforce prints with continuous strands of a stronger composite - carbon fibre, fibreglass, or Kevlar - to create truly industrial-grade prototypes and end-use parts.
For example, parts printed in carbon fibre are stronger than 6061-T6 aluminium. The Desktop series includes the Mark Two, Onyx One and Onyx Pro, and the Industrial series the X7, X5, and X3. There’s a printer for every application.
Then there’s the Metal X, Markforged’s greatest machine yet. This 3D printer utilises a process called ADAM (Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing) to print parts in powdered metal surrounded by a plastic support. The parts are then sintered in a furnace externally to become solid. This enables you to manufacture metal parts with geometries and details that would be impossible with subtractive manufacturing processes.