MarkForged Launches Onyx - The Newest Carbon Fiber Filament


MarkForged releases Onyx chopped carbon fiber filament.

New from MarkForged comes Onyx Carbon Fiber.

June 23rd, 2016 - Redbrick3D is proud to announce that we will be carrying the new Onyx material from MarkForged. Onyx is the second new material being released from MarkForged this year. MarkForged is known for producing reliable and durable materials and printers. This material is no exception, combining strength and beauty. It will make parts more stable as is offers increased dimensional stability. The stiffness of the Onyx Carbon Fiber means that it will stand up to industrial use requirements, while also adding a refined, sleek look to customer-facing parts.

MarkForged came onto the 3D printing scene in 2014, when they debuted the Mark One at SolidWorks World in San Diego. The Mark One was able print in carbon fiber, fiberglass, nylon and PLA. "We took the idea of 3D printing, that process of laying things down strand by strand, and we used it as a manufacturing process to make composite parts," creator Gregory Mark told PopMech. "We say it's like regular 3D printers do the form. We do form and function." The Mark One can print parts that are 20 times more stiff and five times stronger than ABS. In fact, parts have a higher strength-to-weight ratio than CNC-machined aluminum.

In February 2016, MarkForged announced the Mark Two 3D printer. The Mark Two has a faster fiber printing process, allows smaller features within parts to be strengthened and provides increased reliability of 3D printed parts. This means that engineers and products designers will get better parts in their hands faster. "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." The Mark Two prints parts 40% faster and has the ability to reinforce features 15 times smaller than before.

With the new Onyx material, MarkForged is taking the strength, elegance and performance of 3D printing to another level. Customers who have tested the material have already given it rave reviews, citing how striking the parts are. Onyx will be available in a spool like the other MarkForged materials and shipping will begin the week of June 27, 2016. Onyx will be available in the Enterprise Kit, which will include: 1 spool of Nylon, 1 spool of Onyx, 1 spool of Fiberglass, 1 spool of Carbon Fiber, 1 spool of Kevlar, 1 spool High-Strength High-Temperature Fiberglass, 3 sets of extra nozzles, an extra print bed, both cloud and local storage and advanced software features. MarkForged will send customers a replacement extruder and instructions to install it along with the Onyx material.


In 2015, NASA and GrabCAD sponsored a 3D printing challenge to design an interface clamp between seat track mounting system, which lines the walls of the International Space Station and the aluminum intravehicular activity (IVA) handrails that astronauts use to move around the ISS. MarkForged set out to make a better clamp than those made of ABS. The parts printed on the Mark One and Mark Two are considerably stronger than those printed with traditional 3D printer materials. They also cost a fraction of parts made with injection molding ad CNC machining. Using the new Onyx material, the clamp was printed with more rigidity and strength while still being very lightweight. The clamp arm also needs some flexibility, as it allows the rest of the assembly to engage and disengage for positioning and removal. Using MarkForged Nylon combines the needed flexibility with toughness, ensuring durability and extended part life. This project showed that Onyx will create visually beautiful end-user parts, and that the parts will have increased dimensional stability and print reliability.

The MarkForged Mark One and Mark Two are the world’s first 3D printers capable of printing continuous carbon fiber, Kevlar, fiberglass and Onyx. They use a Continuous Filament Fabrication print head with a Fused Filament Fabrication print head. The printers create parts by combining specially tuned nylon with continuous fiber filaments. MarkForged seeks to bring high strength 3D printing to everyday engineering. The printers automatically reinforce engineering plastics, enabling every business to easily manufacture parts with structural strength right on the desktop. They come with software that is powerful and easy to use. It is designed to enable collaboration, sharing and scaling.

About Redbrick3D

Redbrick3D is proud to offer our customers the new Onyx Carbon Fiber from MarkForged. Onyx will allow customers to design longer and more complex parts. The parts will come off of the build plate ready to use. Redbrick3D has been an official partner of MarkForged since their initial launch. Our engineers can answer any questions about the printers. We stock all of the MarkForged 3D consumables and supplies and have the shortest lead times on all of their 3D printers including the Mark Two standard, professional and enterprise kits. We own, operate and support all of the 3D printers we sell on because we believe the best way to learn is hands-on. We love 3D printing and creating awesome, goofy, creative, useful stuff. We always work to offer the best 3D printing products available and are excited to announce the new release of Onyx Carbon Fiber. Please contact us today for more information and to place your order.

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