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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

 

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.

Watch the Video:

Download Flyers:

Markforged Blacksmith for X7

Markforged Blacksmith X7 Datasheet

Markforged Blacksmith Composite Printer Comparison

Learn More:

Industrial X7 Printers

Blacksmith Software with AI for X7

 

15 Feb 2021

Video: Design and Optimize for Additive Manufacturing

3D Printing has many powerful benefits for manufacturing that can help meet customer demands faster, reduce cost of manufacturing parts, and quickly support tooling needs to keep production machines online and operational.  However, a design software tool is still needed to support getting the right design into the software to generate accurate 3D printed parts.

In this video, Bart Schenck explains the most common applications that support how to design and optimize parts for additive manufacturing:

  • Lightweighting and topology optimization
  • Automated production
  • Flexible manufacturing

Bart then walks viewers through a demonstration of  Function-Driven Generative Design, which is a new way to design specifically for Additive Manufacturing.  It combines solid modeling, FEA and surface modeling techniques.  Bart shares:

  • Common workflows for designers (not high end FEA)
  • How to retain all functional characteristics of the product/part
  • How to optimize topology (Overall shape, volume and mass)

Watch the demo:

22 Feb 2021

Replay: Success In Additive Manufacturing with Humanetics

In the first webinar of our Series: Success in Additive Manufacturing we feature Humanetics, the global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of test crash dummies who successfully adopted additive manufacturing in their operations.

Humanetics adopted 3D printing in the early additive manufacturing days when they were looking for alternatives to cost-effectively replace the ribs in crash test dummies using 3D printing technology that could match the strength and durability needed for their test conditions. They discovered new cost savings and production speed using Markforged 3D Industrial Composite printers.

Join us and hear Kris Sullenberger, Sr. Design Engineer, share how the company continues to evolve their additive manufacturing capabilities and applications at their Huron facility.

The presentation also introduces the Markforged Metal X 3D Printer and shares useful Metal applications.

Click below to register for the replay:

22 Dec 2020

Future of Additive Series: Design for Additive Live Stream Replay

In our last broadcast for “The Future of Additive” Series held at Youngstown Business Incubator’s (YBI) 3D Printing lab, we had special agenda that addressed key solutions around Designing for Additive applications.  This presentation included:

Sign up to watch the Live Stream replay here:

There are 2 more events planned in the series, sign up now to watch those events broadcast live from YBI:

January 14th, 2021, 1:00 pm EST

February 18th, 2021, 1;00 pm EST

22 Oct 2020

Adaptive Presentations at COExperience 2020

Adaptive sponsored COExperience 2020 along with hosting a virtual booth at the event in September. Frank Thomas and Florian Bardet had the opportunity to present in the COE session on Reverse Engineering with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. We also posted a few exclusive videos in our booth that highlighted CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE on the Cloud, NC Programming, and more.  Details include:

  • A recording of the COE Virtual Session by Frank Thomas and Florian Bardet:  Optimize Reverse Engineering with 3DEXPERIENCE which highlights how to combine the power of 3D Scanning hardware with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to support innovation cycles.

  • Demo: CATIA Engineering on the Cloud – This video highlights the most current features of CATIA Engineering on 3DEXPERIENCE r2021x Cloud

  • Video: Introduction to CATIA v5 NC Programming – our video shows the range of capabilities of CATIA v5 when automating NC Programming on the shop floor.

  • The Latest in our 3D Printing Portfolio with our Walk-Through Video of our Additive Manufacturing Lab at the Youngstown Business Incubator facility.

27 Oct 2020

Additive Manufacturing Paper: Homogenous Heating in Microwave Sintering in Metal Manufacturing

We partnered with Metallum3D to publish one of their technical papers on advanced microwave sintering technologies for sinter-based metal manufacturing.  

Metallum3D wanted to take on the challenge to improving conventional sintering processes for metal manufacturing. Conventional sintering processes have slow heating rates, long sintering times, high energy consumption and high equipment costs. Metallum3D’s patent-pending microwave sintering technologies greatly improve the performance and economics of the sintering process by providing fast heating rates (5x to 10x faster), short sintering times (up to 80% reduction), energy efficiency, and lower equipment costs.  

Paper: “HOMOGENEOUS HEATING IN MICROWAVE SINTERING WITH NON-RESONANT SLOTTED WAVEGUIDES AND GRANULAR SUSCEPTOR MATERIAL” 

This paper analyzes a variety of techniques for manufacturing a three-dimensional part followed by a sintering process.

In one technique, a 3D printer may extrude a feedstock composed of a metal powder and a binder to create a green part without the need for a mold. The green part may then undergo a debinding and sintering processes to produce a solid metal part. In another technique, a 3D printed part is produced by selectively spraying a binder into successive layers of a metal powder material to form a green part. The green part is then subjected to a sintering process to produce a solid metal part.

Current conventional sintering processes for metal additive manufacturing have slow heating rates (~ 5 deg. C/min), long sintering times (> 24 hrs.), high energy consumption and high equipment costs. Metallum3D is developing patent pending microwave sintering technologies that greatly improve the performance and economics of the sintering process including fast heating rates (5x to 10x faster), short sintering times (up to 80% reduction when compared to conventional sintering), lower energy consumption and lower equipment costs.  Read the paper to learn more…