5th February 2016
MarkForged has announced the impending release of its Mark Two 3D printer which the company says will extend the accessibility of industrial strength 3D printing for businesses. The new printer enables engineers to combine the design flexibility of 3D printing with the strength of carbon fiber, fiberglass, or Kevlar® continuous reinforcement.
MarkForged developed the Mark Two with three goals in mind: a faster fiber printing process, allowing customers to get parts in their hands faster than before; the ability to strengthen smaller features within all parts; and an increased confidence in 3D printing job completion and overall reliability.
The Mark Two offers a 40% faster fiber printing process; the ability to reinforce features 15 times smaller than before; and a host of incremental improvements in software, hardware, and materials to enhance the overall experience. Thanks to the Mark Two, customers can make industrial strength parts more easily than they were able to before, cutting lead times and increasing overall efficiencies within their company.
“The more extensive reinforcement of our new MarkForged printers allow us to 3D print even stiffer and stronger parts,” says Charles Su, Applications and Control Engineer at Brooks Automation. “The software also automatically strengthens more of the parts we throw at it, especially smaller and more detailed parts. We can make them lightweight, we can make them very stiff, and it’s basically a cost-effective overnight operation. In both R&D and production, nearly every day brings a new opportunity to quickly replace machined aluminum or brittle plastics with robust reinforced 3D prints.”
Alongside the Mark Two, MarkForged is announcing the new Enterprise bundle. It allows customers to print fiber material that can handle higher temperature environments, an important factor for customers in the aerospace and automotive industries.
“After introducing the world to continuous fiber reinforced printed parts, we wanted to focus on perfecting the experience with a MarkForged printer,” says Greg Mark, Founder and CEO of MarkForged, Inc. “The Mark Two enhances the overall MarkForged experience and means our customers get stronger parts in their hands, faster than before.”
The Mark Two and the Enterprise bundle will start shipping in 4 weeks.