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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.
3D printers have been in use in the manufacturing industry for more than thirty years, but it is only really in the last ten that the market has opened itself up to other applications on a large scale, such as mould making for investment casting and tooling. Applications are also emerging for the medical and dental fields.
All of which is to say, 3D printing is no longer constrained by manufacturing limitations or design complexity; and as a result, it is seeing incredible growth.
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The X5 features continuous fibreglass reinforcement for creating parts that are as strong as metal. Based on the renowned Markforged infrastructure, this is the printer for when strength matters.
New for 2017, the Markforged X5 offers you the strength you need for manufacturing functional parts. Print parts faster and cheaper than machining, and utilise the X5’s ability to print Onyx with Fibreglass reinforcement. Parts printed with Continuous Filament Fabrication are up to 20x stiffer and 30x stronger than ABS.
Precise and Accurate 3D Printing
Designed for accuracy, reliability and unbeatable precision, the Markforged X5 offers a truly first-class 3D printing experience. Offering a 330-mm x 270 mm x 200 mm build volume, the Markforged X5 gives you the space you need to manufacture all manner of parts. It prints with a 50um layer resolution, and offers both cloud-based and local storage software solutions. It’s highly secure too, with single sign-on and two-factor authentication to prevent unauthorised use.
Print Parts Up To 30x Stronger than ABS
The Markforged X5’s core filament is Onyx, a jet-black material that’s part engineering-grade nylon, part chopped carbon fibre. On its own, this material is 20 per cent stronger and 40 per cent stiffer than ABS, but you can go one step further with the X5 by reinforcing Onyx parts with Fibreglass to suit any mechanical end-use application.
When reinforced with Fibreglass, Onyx parts can be stronger than 60 61-T6 aluminium (depending on infill). This makes the X5 the ideal industrial-grade 3D printer for replacing costly machining processes. You can reinforce parts with Fibreglass to benefit from a high strength-to-cost ratio. Fibreglass CFF is robust, lightweight and extremely strong.
To find out more about the Markforged X5, contact us today.
What People Say
“Our first Markforged printer paid itself off in less than 1.5 months and saved us over 81% versus machining.”
– Bill Hollingsworth, Dixon Valve
“The X5 has the additional ability to reinforce the Onyx part with continuous fiber-glass. As a result, it can make composites 9X stronger and 10X stiffer than standard thermoplastics.”
– Rawal Ahmed, 3D Printing
The best 3D printers fabricate models and parts that are true to design. In other words, models and parts that are a perfect physical representation of the digital model drawn in CAD. To achieve this high degree of dimensional accuracy, printers must produce a very fine edge across the build area. This is how we perceive parts to be high quality or not when we look at them and inspect them.
Of course, multiple variables determine how fine that edge is, and you cannot always rely on the quantitative values manufacturers place on their 3D printers. If we did, every printer on the market would be pinpoint accurate.
When you are shopping for your next printer, consider this: accuracy is the value that determines how close a 3D printed part is to its digital drawing. Precision refers to the repeatability experience of a printer, or how reliable the printing experience is. If you want a consistently good 3D printing experience, you need both.
The two most common 3D printer technologies are FFF and SLA.
The most common technology is fused filament fabrication (FFF), also known as fused deposition modelling (FDM). Both technologies are in fact one in the same.
These 3D printers are the lowest cost. They melt a plastic and extrude it layer-by-layer to build up models from nothing. This process is traditionally best suited to low-cost prototyping, but advancements in technology mean this is no longer the case. There’re more variables that can affect the quality of a print with FFF than SLA, but solutions like an enclosed build chamber and heated build plate reduce this.
SLA (stereolithography) 3D printers use a laser to cure resin (liquid plastic) onto the build platform in desired areas.
Unlike with an FFF 3D printed part, parts printed by an SLA 3D printer need to be post-processed with UV light. This cures the resin, causing it to solidify and reach the mechanical properties required for the application. The method of production is cure, peel, raise, with the laser curing the resin layer by layer; the peel mechanism lifting each new layer off the surface; and the raising action allowing new resin to flow under the build platform.
3D printers are available in all shapes and sizes to suit any project, but there are two common classes: desktop, and large-format.
Desktop printers do exactly what they say on the tin - they fit on a desktop (or most workspaces) and take up around the same footprint as a large LaserJet printer. Large-format printers are four or five times bigger, enabling you to manufacture models and parts like car bumpers and snowboards in one go.
You’ll find the bigger you go, the rarer photopolymer technologies like SLA and DLP (digital light processing) become. This is because they get very expensive as you scale up. Most large-format 3D printers are of the FFF variety because the technology is cheaper and easier to produce on a large, industrial scale.