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23rd August 2017, Cambridge, MA

Driving down the cost of 3D printed parts

Markforged, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is introducing two faster and cheaper 3D printers.

The new X3 and X5 models are aimed at local manufacturers who are often at a disadvantage because they are forced to choose between the sub-par strength of printed parts and the long lead times associated with machined parts.

The new X3 and X5 models are aimed at local manufacturers. © Markforged

With the X3 and X5 printers, Markforged says it is making industrial strength printing financially attainable for every manufacturing business and allowing them to better compete globally.

Both machines are complete cloud managed 3D solutions.

The X3 employs Onyx, a high temperature capable carbon fibre filled nylon for printing strictly engineering grade thermoplastic fibre parts, and is available at the disruptive price point of $36,990.

The X5 adds the ability to reinforce an Onyx part with a strand of continuous fiberglass, making it 19 times stronger and 10 times stiffer than traditional plastics. The X5 has the unique ability to deliver parts that are both strong and affordable for $49,900.

The X7, previously known as the Mark X, remains Markforged’s flagship continuous carbon fibre (CCF) industrial printer platform, yielding parts that are 23 times stronger than with ABS materials. The X7 boasts the industry’s only sub-$1 million in-part laser inspection system for reliable quality control with a price point of $69,000.

Markforged offers an affordable, industry-exclusive upgrade program allowing customers at any time to leverage the initial investment in an X3 to upgrade to an X5 or X7, gaining access to higher strength materials and inspection utilities.

Long time Markforged customer Dixon Valve, a 100-year-old hose fittings and accessories company, has accelerated its manufacturing with Markforged printers. The company has been able to bring its high strength printing needs in-house, saving both time and money and arriving at a more efficient process that has helped to drive its position as a consistent industry leader.

“Our first Markforged printer paid itself off in less than 1.5 months and saved us over 81% compared to machining,” said Bill Hollingsworth, vice president of engineering at Dixon Valve. “This is why we’re excited to be first in line to bring the capabilities of one of Markforged’s new industrial line printers in-house."

 “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,” says Greg Mark, Markforged’s founder and CEO. “With the complete Industrial Series and new Metal X printer, these trade-offs no longer exist. Customers can now print same-day parts that optimize strength and affordability for their specific needs with ease.”

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