World’s First 3D Printer with Integral Laser Scanner
Markforged has announced the launch of the industry’s most powerful fiber composite 3D printer with integral laser scanner, the Mark X. In addition to a large print volume, the Mark X introduces a set of breakthrough print capabilities that include in-process laser inspection as well as a fine (50 micron) surface finish to make this one of the most powerful, precise, and unique 3D printers on the market today.
The printer enables measurable and beneficial breakthroughs in manufacturing, design, and now supply chain by printing precise, fully usable, and remarkably strong reinforced parts with innovative materials – all on its cloud-based networked software platform.
Innovation With Tangeable Benefits
“We have taken a different path from most of the 3D printing industry with innovation that will create a new bottom line benefit for many manufacturers,” says Greg Mark, CEO and founder. “We already had success with the breakthrough strength and light weight of continuous carbon fiber in our Mark Two printer – now we added in-process inspection using a laser scanner for exact dimensional accuracy, high resolution beautiful surface finish, and scale to open entirely new segments of the industry to efficiencies of what printing can accomplish.”
Markforged’s Mark X builds on the success of its existing unique technology and materials available in the Mark Two, but adds a leap in capability and scale for fiber-reinforced printing of precision parts. A commitment to innovative materials for quality, strength, and weight as well as ease of use and powerful software remains at the core of the Markforged mission.
With new in-process laser scanner inspection for dimensional accuracy, the Mark X gives engineers and designers the ability to close the loop on production and ensure printed parts are exactly as designed. A laser sensor affixed to the print head will scan parts at any layer designated in order to measure whether your most critical tolerances are met – all controlled by the award winning Markforged Eiger software. In addition, the Mark X includes a high precision build plate, encoders on the print head for high accuracy, silent stepper motors, and a high stiffness Z-axis motor all for a high degree of part quality.
Large Build Volume
Engineers, manufacturers, and designers looking to print incredibly strong and highly precise parts for robotics, automotive parts, molds, prosthetics, athletic equipment, and other industrial applications will find the Mark X not only the must-have printer for their needs but also a replacement for both inventory and costly, time-consuming metal machining processes. The build volume is 330mm, 250mm, 200mm (X, Y, Z) while the footprint of 575mm, 467mm, and 928mm (X, Y, Z) allows the printer to still fit neatly in a shop or office.
The networked printers with Eiger software – a Google Chrome-based cloud solution – allow operations managers to oversee and monitor multiple printers concurrently, bringing a new capability to customized and scaled manufacturing.
“For over a year many of my customers have been interested in a Markforged 3D printer with a larger build volume,” says Daniel Held, CEO of Coffee GmbH – a value-added reseller of Markforged in Germany. “The combination of a large build size, in-process inspection, composite reinforcement, and the continued reliability and robustness that has become synonymous with Markforged 3D printers is a powerful solution. For companies looking for a way to speed up product lead times or increase bandwidth for revenue generating parts without taking on an expensive total cost of ownership, the Mark X is a must-have.”
Earlier this year, Markforged received a Series B funding of $20M from Matrix Partners, Trinity Ventures, and Northbridge Venture Partners and has been shipping products since 2014 to customers in over 50 countries worldwide. The Mark X will ship in Q4 of this year at a retail price of $69,000.