Yearly Archives - 2016

Technically Fun

Did your kids drive you crazy this year?  You can’t get them coal, but what can you get them? The puzzle gift box. This challenging fun idea takes about 10-15 minutes to solve, is hollowed out to fit a small prize or money inside and is perfect for last minute gifts. Using thingiverse, we were successfully able to download the files and print these puzzle gift boxes in about a day. No shipping costs required, just download print and enjoy! With the Onyx material [...]

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Engineering, Education and 3D Printing

Times are changing and education is evolving.  Students capabilities are increasing, not only are they faster learners but they have resources at their fingertips now.  With both our minds and technologies changing, it’s only right that educators are up to date with the most current equipment to guarantee future successes. In hardware and software technology is a proven resource to help students succeed in school. Consider for a moment, colleges and magnet schools, which primarily focus on a specific major/field [...]

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Onyx Series

Addition to the Markforged Ecosystem, introducing the Onyx Series extruding chopped carbon fiber filament. Revolutionary material technology with properties unlike any other 3D printer material. Designed to handle tough manufacturing and engineering environments. High temperature resistance, dimensionally stable and exceptional surface finish quality.  The Onyx One The Onyx One includes a single print head, meaning there is no option for users to reinforce the parts, making it a perfect inexpensive printer for entry level users. Printing in Onyx creates some of the [...]

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Streamline Machining

In just over two years, Markforged has expanded their 3D printers into the manufacturing environment, helping businesses increase capabilities, decrease time, save money and streamline machining processes.  In our most recent post, Determining the Value of 3D Printing, we broke down the concept of pricing comparison between 3D printing, CNC machining and injection molding to better exemplify the types of savings that can be achieved with 3D printing. One company that works with Markforged 3D printers, decided to test the abilities [...]

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Mark X Big Debut

The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturing Association) is an annual show, which features thousands of aftermarket automotive exhibits and takes place in Las Vegas Convention Center.  SEMA exhibits include but are not limited to; tire manufacturers, customer performance machine shops, celebrity appearance and so much more.  In 2013, SEMA celebrated their 50th Anniversary show and introduced the New Product Showcase to feature new equipment from a variety of industries.  At SEMA in 2016 the Mark X was introduced as an alternative method for [...]

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Why 3D Printing?

Often times we come in contact with people that question the validity of 3D printers, after working with Markforged and understanding the Mark Two better, we are able to give people better answers.  For those that are skeptics of what 3D printing can do for their business here are some frequently asked questions and answers that might help. If you work in the manufacturing, engineering or production industry, do you often work with either CNC machines?  Do you work with [...]

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Determining The Value Of 3D Printing

Determining the value of a 3D printer in your industry can drastically improve your profit margins and eliminate overhead costs, using ROI here’s how it can be calculated. *Warning, this blog post is extensive. To fully cover ROI we went into detail on equations and explanations.  It’s clear that any type of equipment in manufacturing technologies is an investment; resources like ROI can better justify the value of equipment, the cost of materials and the profit margin.  With 3D printing, you [...]

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Tech Tips: 5 Essential Rules

Calibrate the print bed before every print. Wash off the print bed with pure, warm water and dry it clean with lint free towels. Always remember to use Elmer’s glue before printing. Know when to use the brim option or supports. Optimize your print angle. 1.Calibrate the print bed before every print From Markforged, this is the single most important factor in making a successful part with the Mark Two. Before every print, it is essential to balance the build plate against the printheads to guarantee [...]

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Future of Manufacturing

Why Markforged? “Our vision for the future of manufacturing” – Greg Mark About Greg Mark The owner and founder of the Mark One (the first-generation carbon fiber 3D printer) and Markforged, spent years improving his knowledge and skills in engineering, MIT, prototyping, Motorsports racing technology and designing.  The further Greg Mark was exposed to the process of prototyping, he discovered how flawed and inefficient it really was.  The substantial inefficiencies that were ultimately deterring engineers from successfully creating advanced parts.  When working at [...]

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Revolutionary Mark X

Introducing the revolutionized 3D printing technology, the Mark X. Engineered precision and accuracy with every print for unmatched dimensional stability and print quality. Mark X Features The build volume has been increased making it more ideal for robotics, automotive parts, functional prototypes and prosthetics. Increased resolution per layer height down to 50 microns. In-process inspection that scans your parts mid-print with laser displacement sensor on print head, provides a more accurate print. Scanning resolution down to 5 microns and measurement accuracy to 1 micron. Tolerance specification [...]

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