Markforged Parts Tough it Out in Battle


Cost Time
Printed on Markforged $54.70 52 hours
Machined from Aluminum $1,090.41 3-5 days + shipping
By the end of one Competition Weekend, the printer has paid for itself.

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Designing to Win

Blades spinning, blasts of fire, swinging weapons: this is the world of combat robotics. If designers want their robots to have any chance of winning, they have to design their bots to be sturdy enough to take dozens of hits, yet powerful and light enough that their robots can strike fast and hard. Many of these contraptions are built from hardened steel, heavy machined frames, and sharp edges. The designers themselves range from toughened veterans who know their way around the arena to fresh faces eager to send their bots blade-first into battle.


MarkForged Cutting Both Textiles and Costs in Industry


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Autometrix, maker of industrial textile cutting tools, produces long lasting equipment that cuts a wide range of textile materials


With the desire to push new designs forward faster, Jonathan Palmer, CTO, needed an inexpensive prototyping tool whose parts could match the strength of machined aluminum


The Mark Two reduced prototyping time from weeks to days, and reduced the weight of a prototype cutting head by half a pound


Confederate Motors works with 3D Systems to push limits of motorcycle design and performance | 3D Systems


Source: Confederate Motors works with 3D Systems to push limits of motorcycle design and performance | 3D Systems

There’s a moment that every industrial designer dreads: When his or her ideal design bumps up against manufacturing reality.

Confederate Motors has faced that moment many times in the past, but not recently. Its collaboration with 3D Systems On Demand Manufacturing, Quickparts, has given the bespoke motorcycle company the ability to turn even its most wildly imaginative designs into physical reality. (more…)