Markforged: two new industrial 3D printers for local manufacturing

Markforged introduces New X3 and X5 models, two industrial 3D printers which facilitate the replacement of aluminium parts with carbon fiber parts.

Indeed, local manufacturers are often obliged to choose between the sub-par strength of printed parts and long lead times associated with machined parts.With these two new models, they will print stronger, larger, lighter as well as cheaper parts.

Onyx material is the driving force of X3. It is a nylon filled with high temperature carbon fibers that allows the printing of thermoplastic fiber parts.

Available for $ 36,990 (€ 31521.02), it is different from the X5 which adds a continuous fiberglass thread to onyx. Thus, the pieces printed with this machine are much more rigid than traditional plastics. This 3D printer is available for $ 49,000 (€ 41755.35).

For 30 years, 3D printing customers have been forced to accept trade-offs between strength, time, and affordability — lacking the opportunity to benefit from all three. With the complete Industrial Series and new Metal X printer, these trade-offs no longer exist,” said Greg Mark, Markforged’s founder and CEO. “Customers can now, with ease, print same-day parts that optimize strength and affordability for their specific needs.”

Dixon Valve, a long-term Markforged customer will be the first in line to test the capabilities of these new 3D printers.

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