Markforged Announces Groundbreaking Metal X 3D Printer
Markforged has broken new ground in the world of metal manufacturing with the new Metal X 3D Printer. The first ever Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) 3D printer, the Metal X will revolutionize the ways metal is produced for industrial, automotive, medical, and aerospace industries. Following their 2014 success with the world's first carbon fiber 3D printer, the Mark One, the Markforged Metal X brings new processes and technologies to the table that will change the future of 3D printing.
Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing
Markforged's breakthrough technology in metal manufacturing, Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing (ADAM), is a technique that offers a new way to manufacture with the most popular engineering metals. ADAM works by printing parts layer-by-layer using metal powder contained in a plastic binder. When printing is complete, the plastic binders are removed and the metal part is sintered together in one step. Sintering the entire part at once allows for crystal growth through all axes, which eradicates the layer-to-layer strength reduction experienced with other 3D printing processes.
The ADAM technology also allows users to create unique and intricate geometries like closed-cell honeycomb infills. Parts are printed similar to the structure of bones, with a closed-cell inner core encased in a solid outer shell. With traditional subtractive manufacturing processes, this geometric creation is simply impossible.
The Metal X Print System
With the revolutionary Mark One and its successor, the Mark X, Markforged introduced the world to 3D printing with carbon fiber. Building on these innovations, the Metal X presents accurate creation of metal parts in an incredibly compact enclosure. Markforged CEO Greg Mark explains:
Until today, the story of metal 3D printing has been million-dollar machines that fill a room. With the introduction of the Metal X, metal production is easier and more available than ever. Manufacturers and machine shops looking to augment CNC machining or find alternatives now have an answer.
While learning the new ADAM technology may seem like a daunting task, the Metal X's hardware, software, and materials work in tandem to provide a seamless printing experience that is accessible to any engineer or manufacturer.
Along with its ease of learning and accessible technology, the Metal X will offer many options when it comes to printing with specific metals:
- 303 and 17-4 Stainless Steel - 303 stainless steel is great for post-processing in CNC milling and turning operations, with corrosion resistance up to 800C. 17-4 stainless steel offers high strength, hardness, and corrosion resistance, and is widely used in the medical, aerospace, and petroleum industries.
- 6061 and 7075 Aluminum - Machinable, weldable, and strong, 6061 is a great general purpose aluminum. 7075 is one of the strongest aluminum alloys. Common in aerospace and automotive racing, 7075 offers good fatigue strength and a high strength-to-weight ratio, making it stronger than common structural steels like A36 and 1018.
- A-2 and D-2 Tool Steel - Air-hardened and offering excellent impact resistance, A-2 tool steel is commonly used for punches, dies, and form tooling. D-2 tool steel is a hard steel with great abrasion resistance, and is commonly used for cutting tools.
- IN Alloy (Inconel) 625 - Inconel combines impressive strength and excellent heat and chemical resistance, making it ideal for heat and pressure shielding applications. Inconel is a superalloy that is commonly used in jet engines and medical applications.
- Titanium Ti-6Al-4V - Widely used for medical applications such as orthopedic joint replacements, titanium 6-4 holds the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal. It is ideal for lightweight applications because of its high tensile strength and fatigue resistance.
Available for order now, the Metal X starts at $99,500 with the ability to print 17-4 and 303 stainless steels. The printing capabilities of other metals are actively under development and will be available later this year. However, purchasers of the Metal X may apply to participate in the Metal Materials Beta program, offering extended options to include Tool Steel, Aluminum, and Titanium. Further information and technical specifications contact one of our experts.
- Dustin Heigl