Category: Case Studies

STEM Students using Metal and Carbon Fiber 3D Printers at Rochester Institute of Technology

See how 3D printing has been utilized at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) through the use of several carbon fiber 3D printers and a metal 3D printer.

Upstate New York university RIT has roughly 19,000 students, and is the third-largest producer of undergraduate STEM degrees among all private universities in the United States. When the state of New York offered to fund an additive manufacturing print center, RIT jumped at the opportunity. The AMPrint Center houses several 3D printers, including a Markforged carbon fiber printer and Metal X system.

Students also have access to plenty of Markforged 3D printers in their classes, with the university focusing heavily on a hands-on approach to learning 3D printing. This has given RIT students a competitive advantage when they graduate, as they can use the safest and best industrial 3D printers on the market.

“The students coming out of here, be it from the 3D printing class or working in the AMPrint Center, are at a great advantage with the practical hands-on experience that they’ve gotten with the machines and the materials,” says Denis Cormier, Director of the AMPrint Center at RIT. From the campus rocket club to local and federal businesses, the AMPrint Center has increased innovation at RIT, and given students experience with real-world technical equipment.

 


Nieka Brings Metal 3D Printing In-House with Inconel 625

Several Crucibles over extreme heat in Nieka Systems

Utilizing Inconel 625 for Rapid and Repeated Temperature Cycling

Nieka creates sample preparation equipment that enables their customers in the mining and cement production industries. They needed to find a more viable and affordable solution to get away from the high costs and long lead times of outsourcing metal parts. Given the complexity of machining in Inconel, 3D printing was the ideal solution for their requirements.

By coupling the Metal X system with Inconel 625, Nieka was able to reduce their lead time from four weeks to four days and roughly save $108,000 CAD (~$80,000 USD) within a year.

Learn more about their application and why they chose to partner with Markforged.
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Haddington Scales Up Robot Arms Production with 3D Printing

A multi-jointed robotic arm made with 3d printed components

3D Printed 7-Axis Robotic Arm

Haddington Dynamics, an engineering startup who develops and manufactures a 7-axis robotic arm for such customers as NASA, GoogleX and Toshiba, spent years trying laser cutters and inexpensive desktop printers to build a robot without success.

When they discovered Markforged 3D printing, it allowed them to achieve just what they were seeking — engineering-quality parts for their robots. They were so impressed that they built their business around 3D printing and created a print farm of carbon fiber printers to keep up with demand.

From end-use parts to custom end effectors, read on to see how they reduced part counts from 800 to less than 100 to save time and money.

The Breakdown:

The Challenge:

Robotic arms need to be cost-effective and stiff enough to maintain 50-micron precision in the arm’s movements.

The Solution:

A fleet of several Markforged printers allowed the team to develop durable custom gripper fingers for customers.

The Results:

Haddington Dynamics reduced part count from 800 to under 70 and can assemble Dexter robots within a day.

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