Markforged - The METAL X
Affordable Metal 3D Printing for the Workshop
The Markforged Metal X greatly accelerates innovation, delivering metal parts overnight using a new technology at a fraction of the cost.
Leave 20th-century manufacturing in the dust and create anything from industrial replacement parts to injection molds to working prototypes.
Bearing the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal, Titanium 6-4 is ideal for lightweight applications and has both high tensile strength and fatigue resistance.
This bio-compatible material is widely used in medical applications such as orthopaedic joint replacements.
Large Prints, High-Resolution
The build volume of the Metal X gives automotive, industrial, aerospace and other industries a new way to rapidly create key components, custom pieces and spare parts.
With 50 micron resolution layer height, your parts will come out of the printer with precision details that further resolve after the sintering process.
Say Hello to ADAM: Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing.
Speed time from design to strong metal parts with this accessible and compact process. ADAM prints your part using a bound metal powder rod that transforms into a dense metal part in one easy step.
Bulk sintering provides crystal growth through all axes giving your parts excellent mechanical properties in all directions.
ADAM also enables the creation of unique geometries such as closed-cell honeycomb infill. Parts can be printed like the structure of bones – a closed cell inner core encased in a solid outer shell.
This geometry is not possible using traditional subtractive manufacturing processes or DMLS.
ADAM is unlike powder bed fusion processes, that fuse metal powders with a high powered laser or electron beam. The material used with the Mark X is safe to handle, but the ADAM process offers design and production advantages that powder bed processes don’t have.
Due to the nature of powder bed processes, it’s difficult to engineer completely sealed hollow parts. The powder needs an exit point (a hole) so that, once the print is complete, the powder is not trapped within the printed component.
The ADAM process uses a binder that can be burned away. It is therefore possible to print closed objects with complex internal geometries, such as hexagon infill patterns, which can significantly lighten the weight of a part, while maintaining structural integrity. It’s also possible to 3D print moving assemblies.
Parts printed with the Markforged Metal X can be post-processed the way any traditional metal part can, once it has been sintered. Due to the softness of the binder, they can even be lightly wetsanded before sintering and, once they come out of the oven, they will maintain a smooth finish.
Parts are between 95 and 99 percent dense, depending on the furnace used to sinter the parts, making it competitive with direct metal laser sintering systems.
The Markforged Metal X is already capable of 3D printing with 17-4 and 303 stainless steel. The company has stated that other metals are already under development, including A-2, D-2 and M-2 tooling steel for injection molding, as well as 6061 and 7075 Aluminum and 6AL 4V Titanium.
The Metal X can print an injection mould in about a day and a half. You can take a 20-year-old injection mold, you can put a beautiful 3D-printed insert into it and you can retool it in under a week.
The build volume is a substantial 250mm x 220mm x 200mm (9.8 in x 8.7 in x 7.9 in), includes a built-in camera and runs on the Markforged cloud-based Eiger software platform.
The Metal X also features the same in-process quality control that was introduced with the Mark X. This quality control system is a unique one, and uses a laser to inspect parts for dimensional accuracy during the printing process or once a print is complete.
All of the Markforged systems are available as upgradable packages. The Onyx One, capable of 3D printing chopped carbon fiber filament, can be upgraded to 3D print with fiberglass reinforcement. It can be further upgraded to the Mark Two or Mark X to print with continuous carbon fiber. It’s possible to purchase the Mark X and Metal X in a bundle.
3D Printer Industries
303 & 17-4 Stainless Steel
6061 & 7075 Aluminum
A-2 & D-2 Tool Steel
IN Alloy (Inconel) 625
|303 stainless steel is great for post processing in CNC milling and turning operations. It maintains corrosion resistance up to 800C.|
17-4 stainless steel combines high strength, corrosion resistance, and hardness, making it widely used in aerospace, medical and petroleum industries.
|As a general purpose aluminum, 6061 combines good machinability, strength, and weldability. It can additionally be anodized with a good finish.7075 Aluminum is one of the strongest aluminum alloys. With good fatigue strength and a high strength-to-weight ratio, this alloy is stronger than common structural steels (A36, 1018). It’s also common in aerospace and automotive racing.||A-2 tool steel is air-hardened with excellent impact resistance. We use it for punches, dies, and form tooling on the Mark X.The high carbon and chromium content of D-2 tool steel provides great hardness and abrasion resistance (but not as tough as A-2). D-2 is often used for cutting tools.||Inconel’s strength combined with its impressive heat resistance makes it ideal for heat and pressure shielding applications. This Nickel-based superalloy is commonly used in jet engines and medical applications, and is very hard to machine. It is also very chemically resistant.||Bearing the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal, Titanium 6-4 is ideal for lightweight applications and has both high tensile strength and fatigue resistance. This bio-compatible material is widely used in medical applications such as orthopedic joint replacements.|
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