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30 Apr 2019

Visit Adaptive at Rapid + TCT Booth 2227

May 20 – May 23
Cobo Center
Detroit, MI

Join Adaptive at Rapid + TCT – North America’s premiere event for discovery, innovation and networking in 3D manufacturing. 

Visit us at booth 2227.

Be here for some of the biggest product announcements of the year, see the latest applications and hear from experts about where the industry is headed next. 

Keynote presentations include:

  • Carbon and Riddell: Bringing Innovation to Head Protection
  • Disruptive Technology and Innovation
  • Additive Manufacturing: Leveraging Design Capabilities for Production of Devices that Make Healthcare Better
  • Shaping New Ways for Smart Automotive Production by Using AM

Need more reasons to attend?

  1. Learn how to use 3D technologies to reduce time to market, produce stronger and lighter parts, improve efficiency, reduce waste, and create complex geometries
  2. Consult with industry experts before you make equipment decisions
  3. Visit 300+ 3D technology providers in one room and see groundbreaking product launches
  4. Network with the most experienced and influential community in 3D manufacturing and see how they’re addressing challenges
  5. Discover the latest processes, applications, materials, and research in additive manufacturing at the conference, with over 150 presentations

Get a Free Pass to the Exhibits

Get a Free Pass today with our special promotion code 15228136 with this registration link:

https://www.xpressreg.net/register/rapd0519/start.asp?sc=15228136

Learn more about RAPID + TCT today

24 Apr 2019

Introducing Nylon White for Markforged 3D Printers

Announcing Nylon White composite material available for the Mark Two and X7 Markforged 3D Printers.

It is now possible to print in Nylon and Onyx on the same printhead! But what is Nylon White?

  • Nylon White is an engineering thermoplastic that is non-abrasive and can be easily painted.
  • It replaces Tough Nylon, which will no longer be available for purchase after mid-July 2019

Nylon White is better than what came before in every way – including being more easily printable, stronger and stiffer, non-abrasive, even more moisture resistant, and smoother.

It is available to purchase right now – just give us a call.

When should you use Nylon White?

  • When you need to customize any part that needs to be smooth and non-abrasive that will come into contact with Class A cosmetic surfaces.
  • When you need to easily paint or dye any parts to enhance designs, color code, or increase visibility.

Nylon White FAQ

  • Is Nylon food safe?
    • The base material is food safe, but we have not certified the overall process (spooling the filament through printing it) as food safe
  • What layer heights are supported?
    • Same as layer heights supported for Tough Nylon today.
      • Non-reinforced: 100 μm or 200 μm
      • Reinforced: default to 100 μm (HSHT, Kevlar, Fiberglass) and 125 μm (Carbon Fiber)
  • Which printers print Nylon White?
    • X7 and Mark Two print Nylon White.
  • Will you come out with more colors?
    • Yes, we plan to in the future.
23 Apr 2019

Additive Manufacturing Lunch & Learn Workshops

Join Adaptive at one of our 3D Scan to 3D Print Technologies workshops:

May 7th
US Space and Rocket Center, Educator Resource Ctr – Main Classroom
Tranquility Base, Huntsville, Alabama

 

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May 15th
Hilton Garden Inn Orlando Airport
7300 Augusta National Dr., Orlando, Florida

 

 

July 24

Hilton Garden Inn, Atlanta Airport/Millennium Center

2301 Sullivan Rd.

College Park, (Atlanta) GA

Learn how to speed up time to market, improve supply chain efficiency, and cut engineering costs by attending our Lunch and Learn. The agenda includes automating in-process inspection with 3D scanning, going directly from 3D scanner to any 3D printing system and how to go from prototype to tooling and part replacements with 3D printing.

You won’t just sit through a lecture, you will experience a live demonstration during this three-hour event. Bring a part to have scanned and printed!

 

08 Mar 2019

March 15th: See the Metal X – 3D Printing Lunch & Learn in Grayslake, IL

 

Join us Friday, March 15th for Lunch & Learn is a fantastic opportunity to see the latest and most advanced 3D Printers by Markforged.

Lunch & Learn Location:

RE3DTECH
888 E. Belvidere RD., Ste. 419

Grayslake, IL 60030

11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Finally affordable 3D Printing!  Make replacement parts or tooling at a fraction of the cost of milling or machining with our Industrial and Metal 3D Printers.

We don’t just talk about it. We show you! See LIVE demonstrations
during a 2-hour educational session on additive manufacturing.

Lunch will be provided.

Pre-registration is required.  Don’t wait seating is limited.

We look forward to seeing you there and
getting your questions answered.

Greater flexibility, better quality parts, and quicker time to market
all mean a greater ROI.

25 Oct 2018

The Push to Carbon Fiber Composites and a Key Player in 3D Composite Printing

According to a recent report from Global Market Insights Inc. carbon fiber composites are in strong demand from the aerospace, defense, and automotive industries. Lightweight materials in vehicles reduce fuel consumption. Other industries such as sports and leisure, robotics, and construction are also increasing use of composites. We should expect to see growth in composites through 2024.

Greater durability, superior strength and stiffness, lighter weight materials, high impact resistance, shorter processing times and extended shelf life are all pushing these industries towards composites.

As a result, more companies are trying to tackle and offer carbon fiber composite 3D printing. Engineers, designers, and manufacturers want to evaluate design concepts much sooner, make changes on the fly, and craft components that can’t be produced with conventional methods. They want to create faster and better ways to make strong, durable, and stable parts for prototyping and production. And they’re looking to do this all at a fraction of the cost of standard methods.

In this article, we’ll examine one 3D composite printer that has become a key player in this race to composites with several innovations it has brought to the finish line.

One of 3D HUBS Best Prosumer 3D Printers for 2018

One printer that stands out from the crowd is Mark Two by Markforged. Yes, it’s a desktop printer, but don’t let that fool you. It was selected as one of 3D HUBS Best Prosumer 3D Printers for 2018 for exceptional build quality and that can produce high quality parts reliably. The price ranges from $5499 to $13,499.

Manufacturers using the Mark Two love the fact that “parts made of nylon with a few layers of composite fibers in between can stand up to the same needs and abuses of aluminum parts.”

Let’s look under the hood and see just what makes the Markforged Mark Two a rock solid powerhouse.  

The Power Behind the Mark Two

Markforged was the first to do something unique in 3D printing by using carbon fiber. It now has the potential to change the way functional prototypes, tools and fixtures are built and low-volume production end-use parts are made.

First of all the Mark Two is a sleek, minimalistic, aluminum-cased printer that is 22.6” x 12.7” x 14.2” in size. It can be set up through USB, Ethernet or WiFi right in your office.

The build volume is 12.6 x 5.2 x 6.1” which is larger than typical desktops offering more flexibility for printing.

3 Innovations Make It Unique and Powerful

  1. Composite Material Printing developed by Markforged

The Mark Two is the world’s first 3D printer to print composite materials. It’s the only affordable 3D desktop printer that reinforces plastic materials with composite fibers while printing. This gives them a high strength to weight ratio.

These are the available material options:

Plastic Materials:

Onyx – Tough nylon with micro-carbon reinforcement
Nylon – Flexible and impact-resistant

Fiber Materials
: (other materials coming soon)

Carbon Fiber – High performance and lightweight and the highest strength to weight ratio
Fiberglass – 5x the strength of Onyx parts
Kevlar®  – Best abrasion resistance and highly flexible
HSHT Fiberglass (High-Strength, High-Temperature Fiberglass) –Stronger parts in higher temperatures

With these options, you can choose the combination of fiber reinforcement and plastic to print parts used in many areas of manufacturing. You choose the best materials for the requirement needed like strength, weight, temperatures, and flexibility to name a few.

  1. Revolutionary Continuous Fiber Fabrication (CFF™) developed by Markforged

Here is where Markforged sets themselves apart. The Mark Two is the only 3D printer that embeds continuous fiber strands into the micro-carbon reinforced plastic in just one construction process. This technology is different than other fiber composite 3D printers. Layers of fiber are deposited alongside the plastic. But instead of short, chopped strands, they developed a method to print layers of a continuous fiber strand. This is what enhances the stability and parts are stronger, stiffer, and can with stand greater impact like metal.

It’s the only printer that enables you to go from CAD to strong end-use parts in hours.

  1. Eiger the Software Connectivity and Pre-Processing System, developed by Markforged

Eiger is not just software it is a system. It enables engineering and design decision-making along with branching and version-management tools for experimenting and innovating.

Eiger takes it to the next level by allowing the user to manipulate the layers and sub-layers.

A hardware review by DEVELOP3D, shows examples of how the user can manipulate the software similar to industrial composites design. The user can define the number of boundary layers and density. But they also can choose the fill-in of continuous fiber strands within the layers to reinforce the strength.

They have three fill-in options:

  1. The first is concentric, which is one continuous strand forming rings from the outer boundary or walls of the model. This reinforces the walls and resists bending around the Z axis.
  2. The second option is isotropic or linear fibers. It fills the complete layer with a single strand in a linear pattern and the user has control over the angle of the pattern. The linear pattern resists printed objects to bend in the XY plane.
  3. Third, is to combine concentric with linear.

The user has full control over the layers, the rotation, and number of rings.

Uses of the Mark Two

The Mark Two can be used in several ways.

  • Evaluate design concepts and make engineering decisions.
  • Create functional prototypes.
  • Craft components and parts that can’t be produced with conventional methods.
  • Create incredibly strong production-ready end-use parts and get products to market faster.
  • Create on-the-fly replacement parts in hours that require more strength than a typical 3D printer is capable of as in jigs and fixtures.

The Mark Two has made its mark on 3D carbon fiber composite printing. We’ll be following future developments with the Mark Two and other options in this space.

Summary

Carbon composite 3D printing is only growing in demand. Industries such as aerospace, defense, and automotive in particular are looking to produce lighter weight and stronger equipment for more efficiency and better fuel economy.

3D composite printers can drastically change the engineering, design and manufacturing processes. The Mark Two by Markforged is a 3D desktop composite printer that has become a key player in this race to carbon fiber composites.

The Mark Two sets itself apart from other 3D printers with it’s unique Continuous Fiber Fabrication (CFF™) and plastic materials of nylon or Onyx reinforced with composite fibers such as carbon, fiberglass, Kevlar®, and HSHT Fiberglass while printing.

As a result of this unique technology, The Mark Two parts are stable, incredibly strong and stiff, and can withstand greater impact like metal. It’s an affordable 3D desktop printer with industrial quality made for engineers and manufacturers.

We’ll be following future developments with Mark Two and other options in this space. Click here for more information on the Markforged Mark Two printer.

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