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Markforged Mark X Takes 3D Printing to the Next Level 0

Markforged Mark X 3D Printer


Several years ago, MarkForged revolutionized 3D printing by allowing users to integrate carbon fiber, Kevlar or fiberglass into their 3D prints. Redbrick3D has been an official MarkForged partner since their initial launch. We offer expertise and fast turn-around to help you make the most of MarkForged products.

Now, MarkForged has taken 3D printing to the next level with the Mark X 3D Printer. The Mark X offers the same reliability, composite reinforcement, and robustness you've come to expect from MarkForge. To this strong platform, the Mark X adds a larger build size, increased precision, and in-process inspection for outstanding quality control. We're excited to bring you the Mark X -- here are a few reasons why. 

Larger Print Area

If you find your designs limited by the size of your 3D printer, you'll want to check out the Mark X. It is much larger than the Mark Two, offering double the print area on the XY-axis and 2.6 times the volume. (The exact measurements are 330 mm by 250 mm by 200 mm, or 13 in x 9.8 in x 7.9 in.) The increased size allows you to produce larger parts than ever before.

Despite its large build volume, the Mark X has a small footprint, so it won't overwhelm your space.  The included cabinet allows it to fit into the office as well as the shop.

More Precise

While the Mark Two could print 100-micron layers, the Mark X prints features as fine as 50-microns. This incredible resolution allows you to print fine details while still retaining the strength and light weight of composite reinforcement.  Your final product will be as light as plastic, as strong as steel, and offer all the fine detail you need. 

Incredible Quality Control

One of the biggest changes with the Mark X allows you to run real-time analysis during manufacturing for outstanding quality control. New laser scanning technology ensures the final pieces precisely match your design.

The power lies in the cloudbased Eiger software and a laser displacement sensor attached to the print head.  Simply define a tolerance specification in Eiger, and the Mark X scans your part while it's printing to ensure that it always meets the spec. If the printer detects an error during the scan, it alerts you instantly. This allows you to cancel the print remotely, saving time and material.

Thanks to the quality control system, you can be confident that your final product will match your requirements. Whether you're sending objects to a printer in your office or one a thousand miles away, your part comes out exactly as you designed it. 

Improved Finish

The Mark X has an improved rigid frame and smoother motors, which makes for a more stable machine and a better finish. In addition, the Mark X has improved repeatability over the entire printing envelope. The beautiful surface finish of the final product rivals the look and feel of injection molding.

Same Great Materials

While the Mark X offers some important changes, other things haven't changed. The Mark X still works with all of the MarkForged 3D filaments including Tough Nylon, Onyx, Carbon Fiber, Kevlar, Fiberglass and High Temperature Fiberglass.

This means that parts printed with the Mark X have the same great properties you're used to: impact resistance, high strength-to-weight ratio, and heat resistance, to name a few.

Like the other Markforged printers, the Mark X uses a dual extruder, so there's still no need to change materials during a print job.

Imagine the Possibilities

The Mark X lowers the boundaries between idea and product by providing you with affordable, functional parts overnight. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

With the Mark X, you can print anything from prototypes to production parts in a wide variety of industries:

  • Prosthetic devices and assistive technologies. ž
  • Robotics applications.
  • Jigs, fixtures, and industrial tooling. ž
  • High-strength, precision end use parts. Instead of having millions of parts in inventory, you could basically print parts as needed.

Contact us for more information about the Mark X.  We'd be happy to answer all your questions and discuss the ways this great machine could work for you.

Markforged Announces Groundbreaking Metal X 3D Printer 0

Markforged Metal X 3D printer release


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. 

Printing Capabilities

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.

3D Printing Trends to Kick Off 2016 0

2016 3D Printing Trends


It’s the most wonderful time of the year … and no; we’re not talking about the holidays (although we love those too). In December, all the biggest tech blogs and thought leaders weigh in on what was hot in 2015 and what’s on the horizon for 2016. Our team here at Redbrick has enjoyed an exciting year exploring new technology with you and blazing forward in the 3D industry. As we look to 2016, these are our bets for the biggest trends to come: 

  1. Supersized Projects: Earlier this fall, we saw one of the first large-scale 3D printing humanitarian projects go live. As relief organizations teamed up with WASP technology to print locally sustainable homes for disaster victims, 3D printing became a viable option to solve global and community needs. In 2016, we look for more innovation in this space to address complex issues such as homelessness, hunger, and terror.
  1. Desktop Printing: You know technology is becoming scalable when the DIY crowd gets involved. HP will release its first desktop 3D printer geared toward the average consumer in 2016. This release will bring a new wave of 3D innovation as a result of increased affordability and accessibility at home and in classrooms.
  1. New Adoption Through 3D Printing Services: In that vein, we look for a huge uptick in new 3D printing adoption in the manufacturing industry. As companies begin to see the pay off of large-scale projects, small and medium sized businesses will begin to test the waters in 2016 using 3D printing services like our in-house offerings to gauge the efficiency and cost-benefit structure. Our bet? The rest will be history.
  1. Composite Filament Fabrication (CFF): Although Composite Filament Fabrication (CFF) isn’t a new form of 3D printing; we believe 2016 will be the year of reinforced parts. As it becomes cheaper to print ultra-strong machine parts that will last longer than traditional aluminum pieces and reduce dependencies on global partners, using CFF technology will become a critical piece of the manufacturing supply chain.
  1. Green 3D Printing Technology: The biggest name in town for green 3D printing is the MCOR Iris. This remarkable printer uses skeins of computer paper to produce functional, full-color items. Not only is the printing material 100% recyclable, but the system also does not require post-production curing with harsh chemicals. From architectural models, to consumer goods, and educational tools – the future is green and lean.

We have loved watching 2015’s trends unfold and look forward to sharing the future of 3D printing with you next year!

Sometimes You Just Need a Professional: Redbrick 3D Printing Services 0

3D Printing Services from Redbrick3d.com


Whether you are a new team, testing the waters of 3D printing for the first time, or simply not ready to make the investment in specialty 3D printing software like the brilliant, full-color MCOR Iris 3D printer, professional printing services help you close the gap between your team’s current capabilities and the future you are moving toward.

 

The Carly Fiorina Complex: Investing in 3D Printing 0

 Carly Fiorina 3D Printing


After the last Republican national debate, Carly Fiorina catapulted from 3% public favorability – to 15% support. That puts her squarely behind Donald Trump as one of the party’s top two presidential candidates for the 2016 election.