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If you want to 3D print tools and parts with the strength of metal - or even in metal - Markforged is just the ticket. Their range of composite 3D printers print in Onyx or nylon with the ability to add carbon fibre, fibreglass, or Kevlar reinforcement. The result is parts with exceptional strength. Or print in metal with the Metal X, which uses metal powder to 3D print parts in titanium, tool steel and other metals.
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The X3 allows for custom tooling without the limitations found with traditional machining. Including a full sensor suite, motor encoders, ultra flat gantry system and a calibration laser accurate to 1 micron, the X3 prints parts exactly as you design them.
Launched in August 2017, the Markforged X3 introduces affordable industrial-grade 3D printing to smaller manufacturers. With it, you can 3D print parts that are 20 per cent stronger and 40 per cent stiffer than those printed with ABS, and you’ll enjoy unmatched precision courtesy of Markforged’s latest-generation motor encoders.
A True Manufacturing Solution
The X3 is one of the most advanced 3D printers on the market. It has a durable all-aluminium enclosure built around a flat gantry system.
You won’t be left wanting for space either. The X3 offers a 330-mm x 270 mm x 200 mm build volume for manufacturing both small and large parts, and it prints at a layer height of 50um. The printer has been setup to work straight from the box with minimal fuss, making it the perfect choice for demanding manufacturing environments.
High-Strength 3D Printing with Onyx
Traditional thermoplastics, such as ABS, have mechanical limitations. Whilst durable, they lack the strength and stiffness for truly harsh end-use applications. The Markforged X3 prints with Onyx, a fusion of engineering nylon and chopped carbon fibre. Onyx is 20 per cent stronger and 40 per cent stiffer than ABS, and it is 3.5 times stronger than nylon.
Because it contains nylon, Onyx is highly resistant to wear (abrasion) and has a high heat deflection temperature. Thanks to the X3’s 50um print resolution, layer lines are virtually invisible so parts have a smooth, good looking surface fresh from the print bed. This all but eliminates the need for post-processing, leading to greater efficiency.
To find out more about the Markforged X3, contact us today.
What People Say
“High-temperature-capable carbon fiber-filled nylon ‘Onyx’ gives it [the X3] the ability to print unbelievably durable parts.”
– Rawal Ahmed, 3D Printing
“ MARTAC can create a complex, custom geometry that doesn’t need to conform to subtractive machining constraints”
– MARTAC Case Study
For prototype to end-use, Markforged leads the way. Their industrial 3D printers for manufacturing shops and factory floors empower manufacturers and engineers to create strong, real working parts in just a day or two. Compared to subtractive manufacturing processes like machining, the Markforged alternative is state-of-the-art. And it works. Make no mistake, these are best-in-breed 3D printers.
The range kicks off with the Desktop series. It includes the Mark Two which prints Onyx, carbon fibre, fibreglass, nylon, Kevlar, and high-temp fibreglass. There’s also the Onyx One which prints Onyx, and the Onyx Pro which prints Onyx and fibreglass. These machines are desktop and user-friendly and immensely capable.
The Industrial series kicks things up a notch. The Markforged X7, X5, and X3 are for factory floors. The X7 is the pick of the bunch printing the same materials as the Mark Two, but with an enhanced build volume and footprint.
The Metal X is another beast entirely. It empowers engineers to manufacture parts with complex geometries and details that would be impossible with subtractive manufacturing. It can directly replace many of these traditional processes. The Metal X uses metal powder to create true-to-design parts. Parts are then sintered in a furnace to become solid, afterwards demonstrating the same strength and durability as cast parts.