Category: 3D Printing

30 Aug 2021

New Materials: Onyx FR-A and Carbon Fiber FR-A

Markforged recently announced two new materials that are now available:  Onyx FR-A and Carbon Fiber FR-A  for the Industrial Series.  

Please note that the CF FR-A is only available on the X7. 

These FR-A materials are flame-retardant and traceable versions of Onyx and Carbon Fiber designed for the aerospace industry and beyond. They maintain the exceptional surface quality of Onyx and the added strength of Carbon Fiber that our customers love. Now aerospace manufacturers creating end-use parts can take advantage of the Digital Forge and the massive benefits it brings.

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Contact our Additive team for more information.

25 Jun 2021

Why Additive Manufacturing in 60 Seconds with NMG Aerospace

In 60 short seconds, hear why NMG Aerospace uses Additive Manufacturing in their manufacturing process.

  • How using  3D Printing for tooling has saved their organization tremendous time
  • How the technology has reduced manufacturing costs
  • The quick payback for a 3D Printer


If you want to hear the full story shared in the May webinar, click here or below to watch the replay:

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24 Jun 2021

Introducing Markforged Next Day Metal, Metal X Gen 2 and X7 Field Edition

Markforged has made 3 major product announcements this week that you need to know about!  

  • Next Day Metal
  • Metal X Generation 2
  • X7 Field Printer

First up: Next Day Metal

Next Day Metal is the culmination of process improvements over the last three years, and the exhaustive testing required to get here. The entire Metal X fleet just got faster through an over-the-air update, and it is now possible to go from art to part in as little as 28 hours.

Print metal up to 2x faster, with no compromise in quality.  Watch the video:

Markforged began experimenting with print speeds, challenging our old assumptions about the correlation between speed and quality. Faster printing has been implemented for 17-4PH, with similar improvements coming soon across the materials lineup. The same printer can now double its throughput, and doubling the number of printers, well, doubles that. A Sinter-2 suddenly becomes much easier to fill.

Improved Wash & Dry TimesWash and dry time estimates are more accurate for smaller parts, shortening the required debind cycle time.

Sinter Overnight with Sinter-2. They built a bigger furnace, then made it faster.

Sinter-2 is one of the most sophisticated pieces of equipment that Markforged has ever built. The advanced system of sensors and control modules gives the ability to continue improving it through software, long after the hardware has been shipped and installed. Sinter-2 features a 17-hour Express Run, for overnight sintering of part batches weighing <250g.

Second Up: Metal X Gen 2 printer

The Metal X (Gen 2) printer retains the same printing functionality as the Gen 1 printer, with focused changes to improve operator safety and the user experience while the machine is actively printing.

The touchscreen has been relocated outside of the print chamber to reduce the risk of contact with moving or heated components. The printer also gains door position sensors that automatically pause active prints when the door is open. Improved chamber insulation shortens warm-up times, and improves print consistency.

Third Up: The X7 Field Edition

The X7 Field Edition is a ruggedized, field-deployable industrial 3D printer for tactical response to inventory challenges in remote locations. Building upon the robust aluminum unibody design of Markforged’s flagship X7, the X7 FE is equipped with a rotomolded high-impact polyethylene Pelican case to protect it during transportation through harsh environments. The case also contains all the tools, spare parts, and materials required for maintenance and repair operations in the field. The X7 FE allows the Digital Forge to be deployed anywhere in the world, helping service members, engineers, and operators reinvent the way they address the evolving challenges across an ever-changing global supply chain.

Download the X7 Field Data Sheet

29 Apr 2021

Webinar May 20th: Success in Additive Manufacturing with NMG Aerospace

Success in Additive Manufacturing Series

May 20, 2021 | 1 PM 

Join us for our next edition of our Webinar Series “Success in Additive Manufacturing”. Hear how NMG Aerospace®leader in Aerospace and Industrial engineering and manufacturing, has adopted additive manufacturing in their engineering operations.   

Dale Youngs, VP of Technology, and Nathan Hoffman, Process Engineer, will share how the company embraced additive manufacturing for tooling to assist in design visualization and production aides for hydraulic valves, linear actuators, sockets and more in their Stow, OH and Tempe, AZ facilities. In addition, a representative from Markforged will join us and share more insights on 3D printing applications in Aerospace.

Attendees will learn: 

  1. Design, quote, and process faster for shorter design cycles
  2. Increase return on investment in months not years
  3. Engineer design teams have more opportunities for design innovation 
  4. Other 3D printing applications in Aerospace

12 Apr 2021

New Markforged Metal and Carbon Fiber Design Guides

In case you missed it, Markforged has updated its 3D Printing Design Guides for both Carbon Fiber and Metal printing applications.  They are packed with great information to help plan for your next 3D printing project with either metal or carbon fiber materials.  

Make your manufacturing and product development operations run more efficiently with metal 3D printing. Metal 3D printing introduces a unique and groundbreaking method to additively manufacture metal parts. Until recently, the technology was too immature to broadly utilize in manufacturing — however, advancement in the last five years has transformed metal 3D printing into a scalable, robust solution. Implementing this technology effectively can transform your business.

Due to its newness and the excitement surrounding it, metal 3D printing is a complex field with many
misconceptions and a wide variety of technologies. In this guide, we’ll help you cut through the noise by
detailing why metal 3D printing is valuable, what technologies and materials are out there, and how you can take the first steps in adopting metal 3D printing in your own facility.

In this guide, you’ll learn about:
• The business benefits and technical advantages of using metal 3D printers.
• Types of printers and groups of printable materials available today.
• The four key application spaces of metal 3D printing.
• How to calculate ROI for a metal 3D printer, both financially and through process improvement.
• Three ways to adapt your business to be successful with metal 3D printers.

While carbon fiber 3D printing has been around for the better part of a decade, it has rapidly risen to prominence in the last few years. Today, many incumbent 3D printer manufacturers are rushing to capitalize on the term “carbon fiber 3D printing” but not all carbon fiber is created equal. This white paper covers the basics of carbon fiber in the 3D printing space — where we’ll define the different
types, examine the challenges, benefits, implementation considerations, and more. Within carbon fiber printing, we’ll take a deep dive into the benefits of Carbon Fiber Reinforcement (CFR) from Markforged.

Links that May be of Interest:

White Paper: Fundamentals of 3D Printing


31 Mar 2021

White Paper: Fundamentals of 3D Printing

Read about the latest trends in the 3D Printing industry with this new white paper from Markforged: Fundamentals of 3D Printing.

As the global 3D printing market is expected to reach 21 billion U.S. dollars globally in 2021, various industries — from manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, healthcare, robotics, education, and more — are tapping into the numerous opportunities and innovations.

This guide will cover the fundamentals, and examine the promise and reality of the technology.

Table of Contents:

  • The Promise of 3D Printing
  • The Reality of Fused Filament Fabrication Printing
  • Defining key terms
  • Fused Filament Fabrication printers: A closer look
  • Fused Filament Fabrication: The anatomy of a 3D printed part
  • Continuous Fiber Reinforcement: The basics and advantages
  • How The Digital Forge from Markforged will transform your organization

Download the White Paper 




18 Mar 2021

Markforged Introduces Blacksmith: Adaptive Manufacturing with AI for Markforged X7 Printers

Today, Markforged announced the availability of BlackSmith software that delivers AI capabilities for real time adaptive manufacturing that supports X7 Industrial Printers.

With Blacksmith, X7 is the Only Industrial Grade Printer with In Process-Part Verification, enabling self-correcting capabilities to print in-spec parts right off the printer bed.

Get to market faster with confidence in your parts by streamlining the quality control process for 3D printed parts on the X7. By scanning parts while they print, the X7 is the only industrial-grade FFF 3D printer with in-process part verification.

Get Reliable Parts Right Off the Print Bed

Get AI capabilities with Blacksmith.  The software is a subscription feature available through Eiger, the additive manufacturing software for Markforged. It scans, measures, and compares dimensional accuracy data of printed parts to their design files — giving manufacturers reliable parts right off the print bed.

Benefits of Blacksmith Software:

  • Verified prints off the print bed — Get known good parts at the point of fabrication. Generate, compare, and automatically store quality reports for any part printed with Blacksmith.
  • Accessible and integrated workflow — Integrate regular part inspection into your additive workflow with a single click. No specialized training or complicated inspection equipment needed.
  • Confirmed fleet conformity — Print consistent, predictable parts across a global fleet. Remove any headaches about part variability.
  • Controlled additive quality process — Establish a standardized process for measuring additively manufactured parts.
  • Expand additive applications — Transition business critical parts from traditional manufacturing to additive manufacturing with increased confidence in part quality.

Special promotion for X7 Gen 1 Customers:

Get One (1) Complimentary Turbo Print Upgrade with purchase of 1 or 3 Year Blacksmith License

The upgrade kit includes hardware and software components and is available for purchase for $4,900 starting March 18th.

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Markforged Blacksmith for X7

Markforged Blacksmith X7 Datasheet

Markforged Blacksmith Composite Printer Comparison

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Industrial X7 Printers

Blacksmith Software with AI for X7