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31 Aug 2020

An Inside Look: 3D Printing with Metal X—From Design to Part

In recent years, 3D printers have become streamlined, user-friendly devices useful for anything from prototyping to tooling, and with advancements in materials and production, they can also be valuable resources for production parts. The Metal X features a new kind of metal printing and end-to-end software tracking, making it the simplest way to manufacture metal parts. The full system consists of:

  • A 3D printer with a fully enclosed build chamber, ultra-quiet motion system, and environmentally controlled material storage.
  • Eiger, the cloud-based 3D printer management software, built-in touchscreen interface, and automatic material tracking.
  • A wash station to remove the primary binding material after printing.
  • A high-performing, high-value sintering furnace to convert parts to pure metal.

Metal Printing Overview

The Metal X produces metal parts via atomic diffusion additive manufacturing, or ADAM, a hybrid of metal injection molding and 3D printing. The process starts with a design exported from a CAD system to Eiger and then printed using a combination of metal powder and a plastic binding agent, which keeps the powder in place as it goes through post-processing. After printing, the part is washed to remove the binder and fired in the sinter furnace to solidify the metal. When the process is complete, you’re left with a metal part that can be processed and treated the same way you’d treat parts produced by other means.

How it Works

The Markforged Metal X 3D Printing System

Preparation. When you bring a CAD file into Eiger (as an STL), the software automatically scales the part up by about 20% to compensate for post-processing shrinkage. With the part open, you can select material, original units, and more or less scaling, as well as view part details such as print time, wash time, material cost, and more. When you’re ready, click the Print button to start the job.

Printing. The Metal X printer prints the part as well as a support structure with a white layer of ceramic between the two to ensure the support structure doesn’t adhere to the part during post-processing. Once the print job is done, remove the green part and the thin, plastic sheet it’s printed on from the printer and remove the part from the print sheet.

Part washing/drying. After the part is printed, it shows in the Wash utility in the Eiger software as “Ready to Wash” with a time to completion. Put the part in the wash—a solvent bath that breaks down the binder holding the metal in place—and the software will send notifications of status while it’s processing. After washing, put the part in the dryer on the other side of the wash station, to allow the last of the solvent to evaporate.

Sintering. The last processing step is firing the part to harden it. Set the part into the sinter furnace on a ceramic plate (a “stage”) and start the furnace, which tells Eiger the part is in process. The software monitors progress in debinding, heating the metal, and cooling the part down. Once it has cooled, remove the part from the furnace and from the stage. Then remove the support structure from the part, as the ceramic layer has now become powder and there’s nothing holding the two pieces together.

Finished part. Once the binder is removed and the part is sintered, you have solid metal, which can receive any additional post-processing it might need, whether heat treatment, milling, powder coating, or the like. It’s ready for use.

Get the parts you need in 24 hours

Be ready to respond to customer demands or create replacement parts for your plant with a variety of materials quickly with the Metal X.  Easily print complex geometries, eliminate your tooling spend, saving your organization precious hours and dollars.  Materials include: 17-4 PH Stainless steel, H13, A2, D2 Tool Steel grades, Iconel 625, Copper, 316L Stainless Steel, and Titanium Ti6Al4V.

Some business benefits for 3D Metal Printing include:

  • Get products to market faster
  • Reduce manufacturing costs
  • Improve supply chain efficiency


Learn more about the Metal X today:

Download Adaptive Guide to Metal 3D Printers

Download: Five Applications of Metal 3D Printing

Download Metal X Printer Specifications

28 Aug 2020

COExperience 2020 Virtual Technifair September 14-16th

Adaptive is a proud sponsor of the upcoming COExperience Virtual Technifair on September 14th – 16th. We will have a virtual booth during the event. 

COExperience is the premier Dassault Systèmes user-focused conference where attendees can:

  • Assess products and technologies close-up to evaluate their relative applicability for emerging needs around PLM
  • Connect directly with 3DEXPERIENCE experts at Adaptive who have successfully deployed DS solutions for our customers
  • Learn about other Adaptive offerings that support 3DEXPERIENCE include 3D Scanning and 3D Printing for a total Additive Manufacturing solution

About the Exhibit

Exhibit hours will be held after the lunch break from 1 – 2 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the event.

Stay tuned as Adaptive will be holding exclusive presentations during those hours, more details to be announced later with registration links.

Download the Program Grid here. Updates are being made daily.

Discounted Registration

Adaptive customers can register at a discounted rate of $345! 

Use this code: ADCC20



29 Jun 2020

100 Ways Manufacturers are Reinventing Their Supply Chains – Webinar On Demand

Markforged recently held a webinar where they shared insights from a wide scope of industrial 3D printing applications after surveying over 100 active Markforged customers. This webinar highlighted the results that came in their special report on the Additive Community called “The Additive Movement has Arrived”. 

Watch this webinar replay where you’ll learn:

  • How modern manufacturers with additive in practice are way ahead of the curve
  • Key findings from the analysis of 100+ industrial applications
  • Four main areas how additive is helping manufacturers drive high value now

Watch it On Demand:

Download the Paper and explore 100+ industrial 3D printing use cases for today’s modern manufacturer:

Learn More

Upcoming Additive Manufacturing event:
October 16th – Noblesville, IN
The Future of Additive is Now – Lunch and Learn Workshop

Watch this video: Inside the World of Metal Printing

Metal X 3D Printers

Industrial Grade 3D Printers

Desktop 3D Printers

Blog posts:

Adaptive Helps COVID-19 Response with 3D Printing

Turbo Print Unlocks 2x Faster 3D Printing Speeds for Markforged X7




03 Apr 2020
Adaptive Helps COVID-19 Response with 3D Printing

Adaptive Helps COVID-19 Response with 3D Printing

Adaptive was asked to help respond to the need for 3D printed medical equipment to combat the COVID-19 virus.  Markforged announced it was working on developing models for a testing swab to collect cells for testing of the COVID-19 virus as well as for printing face shields for medical personnel.

“The nice thing about 3D printing is that it’s very fast.” CEO Greg Mark said. “Get a group of 20 printers and printing 10 to 14,000 swabs a day.”The testing swab will require state approvals before being released.

The testing swab will require state approvals before being released.

In order to ramp up on these efforts, a couple of our large manufacturing customers who operate large 3D Printing farms such as Cummins and Caterpillar had Adaptive assist their teams to create working 3D Printing templates distributed by Markforged and others.  These organizations are using their 3D Printing capacity toward supporting the needs of local medical teams and hospitals.  Among the products being made include Face Shields and No-Touch Door handles.

Face Shields3D Printed Onyx Face Shields


Markforged released files that are ready to go for 3D Printing face shields for medical personnel.

Instruction and build files are available for download, click on the image to download the PDF:

No-Touch Door Handles

These door handles reduce the spread of infection.  A template is below:


How can Adaptive help your business?

  1. We have in-house 3D printers and 3D scanners and 3D Printing service bureau partners for mass production.
  2. If you want to develop a 3D printing model to support a medical/healthcare-related effort, contact us.
  3. We can generate short-run production parts or tooling/fixturing components if your normal sources of supply are disrupted.

America Makes logo

Adaptive supports “America Makes” through our partnership with Youngstown Business Incubator that has a 3D Printing Center as part of its Additive Manufacturing program.  Adaptive also partners with  Celero Partners for mass produced 3D printed parts.

21 Nov 2019
Markforged Mark Two

Take Advantage of Year-End 3D Printer Deals

With the end of the year approaching, many businesses already have their eye on 2020 spending. But the year’s not over yet. There are several deals you can take advantage of right now that will provide you with a better 2019 tax benefit. 

Buy a Markforged printer now before 2020 prices take effect. Buy before 12/31 and save!

Prices are set to increase 33% starting 12/31/2019 for these Markforged products:

  • Desktop Mark 2
  • OnyxPro
  • Onyx

Don’t have the full budget?

Take advantage of year-end leasing and financing opportunities on Markforged, Creaform and 3DEXPERIENCE. See details here: 2019 Tax Benefits.

Mark Two

The pinnacle of desktop 3D printing, the Mark Two combines micro-carbon reinforced plastic with continuous carbon fiber strands, the Mark Two enables a full range of manufacturing parts.


Build Volume: 320 mm x 132 mm x 154 mm

Plastic Materials: Onyx

Fiber Materials: Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass, Kevlar, HSHT Fiberglass (High-Strength High-Temperature Fiberglass)

Z Layer Resolutions: 100 micron

Onyx Pro

The Onyx Pro, with a second print head exclusively for continuous fiberglass, is your entry to seriously strong reinforced composite parts that Markforged is known for.


Build Volume: 320 mm x 132 mm x 154 mm

Plastic Materials: Onyx

Fiber Materials: Fiberglass

Onyx One

The strength and stiffness of carbon fiber meet the versatility of tough nylon. Engineering class parts that are 20% stronger and 40% stiffer than ABS in a desktop format.


Build Volume: 320 MM x 132 mm x 154 mm

Plastic Materials: Onyx

Z Layer Resolution: 100 micron

Included with Printer: Onyx One printer with access to cloud Eiger software 800 cc Onyx spool.

Learn more about 3D printer products – contact us today