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MarkForged Leads Explosive Growth in 3D Printing Technologies for Manufacturing

Cambridge, MA, – MarkForged, Inc – a company focused on industrial strength 3D printing for businesses – is announcing today a strong finish to 2015, with 400% growth in revenue year over year. Adoption of the world’s strongest 3D printed plastics continues accelerating within and across several vertical markets including: automotive; systems integration and installation; machining services; customized durable goods; industrial automation; small lot production; tooling for mass production; and aerospace and defense.

“Our customers are able to bring products to market faster because the Mark One prints high-strength components that endure where traditional plastics parts would just break.,” said founder and CEO Greg Mark. “When we debuted this technology two years ago, our first customers were aerospace companies looking for cheaper composites, but over the last year we saw the largest growth from companies interested in high-strength, tough parts. We offer the only affordable 3D printer that prints these types of parts, and it is resonating in the market.”

MarkForged’s patented technology reinforces tough nylon parts with remarkably strong carbon fiber, fiberglass, or KevlarⓇ, enabling one-day turnover and displacing parts typically machined in metal. The Mark One professional desktop printer offers a distinct competitive advantage versus traditional manufacturing techniques like CNC machining and modular fixturing, completing parts equal to or better in strength than aluminum up to 90% faster and 70% cheaper.

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An Unfair Advantage
“We see a lot of users calling their Mark One their ‘secret weapon’. The automotive industry is using the Mark One to create industrial strength fixtures for holding heavy parts. Machine shops that previously shunned 3D printing are adopting the Mark One as the only 3D printer able to replace or complement aluminum and steel and are beginning to ship 3D printed parts. In fact, a growing number of consumer and business products you see showcased at CES have standing behind them a Mark One printed part,” said Director of Sales, Matt Katzman. “The icing on the cake for our customers is that the Mark One pays for itself in a year or less.”

Come visit the MarkForged booth at CES 2016: Tech West, booth #72717.

About MarkForged

MarkForged’s mission is to bring high strength 3D printing to everyday engineering. Offering the world’s only 3D printing systems capable of automatically reinforcing engineering plastics to aluminum levels of performance and beyond, MarkForged enables every business to easily manufacture parts with structural strength right on the desktop. The Mark One Composite 3D Printer™ empowers professional users to affordably create workhorse 3D parts that solve real problems, as well as realize reinforced structures never before possible.  MarkForged technologies are delivered with thoughtful, powerful software designed for collaboration, sharing, and scaling. For more information, visit https://www.MarkForged.com.

What’s Unique about MarkOne: MarkForged offers an affordable desktop 3D printer to suit various applications where strong durable parts are needed, great for functional testing and end-user parts

To learn more about the MarkOne, head over to our Printers page.


3D Printed Resort Pool Model Delivers Realistic Results from WhiteClouds

Delivering realistic models of architectural designs has always been a challenge. While 3D renderings and ‘fly-throughs’ can help a client understand the design’s beauty and functionality, there’s nothing like a physical model to assist.
“In the past, modelmakers would spend weeks, maybe months, creating, carving, painting, to bring a realistic model,” said Kerry Parker, VP of Business Development. WhiteClouds. “Today we use 3D printing from the ProJet® 660 to create vivid full color models in a few hours.”

Indeed, at WhiteClouds, a 3D printing service bureau based on Ogden, Utah, this latest resort pool printing project exemplifies everything that full-color 3D printing delivers – fast and vibrant results that allow the client to know exactly what is being proposed.
“With the Color Jet Printing (CJP) technology, the layer resolution is at 89 microns which delivers very fine detail but in full CMYK color,” said Kyle Gifford, designer, WhiteClouds. “In this model you can see all the way into the plants, chairs and tables that surround the pool, plus the detail of the tile pattern in the pool.”

This 14 inch-wide print took very slightly over five hours to print on the ProJet 660.
Find out more at: https://www.whiteclouds.com/


3D printing enhances design and production time of tailor-made machines

Customized solutions have always been Dallan S.p.A’s hallmark. The Treviso, Italy-based company, founded in 1978, designs and produces complete production assembly systems for precision rollforming and sheet metal production that adhere to each customer’s exacting specifications.

“Our customers tell us the end product they wish to produce,” says Andrea Dallan, CEO and Sales Director at Dallan. “It could be a shutter or window blind, products for suspended ceilings, drywall manufacture and more. Then we develop the automated production systems that manufacture that product.”

In an effort to continually diversify components and improve time-to-market, the company has added new 3D printing systems to its conventional machining technologies. Installing the 3D Systems ProJet 3510, provided by reseller 3DZ, the company has upped its value proposition by using the ProJet 3510 for fast customization of client parts.

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Said Dallan, “Each production machine we make is basically a very well-tested prototype, since it’s unique to each customer’s needs. Each new automated section and each new mechanism must be designed, manufactured, tested and applied to the machine, using many components that have to interact seamlessly.

“Since the parts being made by the customer—say window blinds—are often quite delicate, the machine components, especially those for picking and handling of the parts, are typically milled from solid blocks of plastic material. But this process takes time, especially when you consider that for foamed rolling shutter production we have more than 300 different models and the picking clamp must perfectly match the form of the part being made. Using traditional milling, it takes a long time to perfectly match the curvature. Using 3D printing, you have the shape already in place and you simply print it with perfect dimensional accuracy.”

TWO PATHS, ONE TURN

Dallan says that with 3D printing, the company can pursue two paths. “Either we print components in plastic materials that are assembled as final parts on the machines, or we obtain prototypes used to carry out functional, dimensional assembly tests before manufacturing the part in metal.

“In both cases, the ProJet 3510 system allows us to cut machine manufacturing time and thus reach the market faster. We are even using an acrylic resin that has sufficient mechanical features to create, for instance, support elements for sensors.”

“We have use 3D printing instead of milling, to create brackets measuring 10 x 20 mm, which include holes for the passage of optical fiber sensors. To program the machine tool with the correct inclination of the holes, internal threading and so on is long and demanding work. But with 3D printing we have designed the bracket with all details related to the holes, and in the evening we sent the file to the ProJet 3510. The next morning the components were there, ready to be assembled. We applied them and we immediately, and successfully, tested the set.”

SIDEBAR: AESTHETIC AND FUNCTIONAL

Easy to use, compact and silent, the ProJet 3510 printer by 3D Systems makes it possible to manufacture aesthetic prototypes and prototypes for dimensional assessment. Indeed, it produces parts featuring smooth surfaces and well-defined edges that are ideal to be used in functional tests, forms and coupling checking, rapid prototyping, product presentations, masters for casting, or silicon replicas.

Based on MultiJet technology, the ProJet 3510 produces objects with maximum dimensions of 298 x 185 x 203mm, with a maximum resolution of 750 x 750 x 1600 dpi and layer thickness up to 16 μm.

FROM THE IDEA TO THE PRODUCT

Simply put, Dallan is quickly discovering the potential of 3D printing—it allows them to create specific solutions that can’t be achieved with conventional machining.

“We are rapidly identifying the cases in which it is more profitable to use 3D printing and those in which it is preferable to use milling. At times, to optimize machining time, if the milling devices are busy we manufacture some pieces directly with the 3D printer.”

“Another important aspect we have verified is that, beyond productive possibilities in terms of price complexity and fastness, 3D printing can prove very useful even during the project development stage.”

Going forward, the sky is the limit with Dallan’s growing 3D printing capabilities and the new level of service it allows the company to offer. “I believe that the possibility of customizing parts and the design freedom offered by 3D printing, used in synergy with conventional machining technologies, will allow us to respond in an increasingly versatile and specialized manner to the new challenges set by out customers,” says Andrea Dallan.