Specialty Materials

Certain projects require special materials to meet the needs of various functions. It’s here that creativity comes to life with the introduction of uncommon materials.

Specialty materials include unconventional materials such as wood, ceramics, and more.

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Mark Two Making the Glass More Than Half-Full

The breakdown

Pane Points


Joseph Walters, New Product Design Engineer at transportation window manufacturer Arow Global, was tired of high prototyping costs and long lead times for their products.

Sealing the Deal


Walters knew Arow needed a prototyping machine, and upon discovering the Mark Two, realized its ability to fabricate precise, strong, and useful parts was exactly what they were missing from their prototyping stream.

Breaking Through


The Mark Two has brought parts from $400 down to a few dollars, from two week lead times down to one night, and has changed the way Arow Global designs and fabricates their parts.

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Markforged Parts Tough it Out in Battle

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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.

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