Markforged, Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, reports that it has now shipped over one-hundred of its Metal X metal Additive Manufacturing systems to customers globally. The company further stated that it expects to more than double that number by the end of 2018.
The Metal X began shipping in March 2018, and is said to enable large-scale manufacturers to produce functional prototypes, tools and fixtures, injection moulds and end-use parts in metal. By printing metal powder bound in a plastic matrix, Markforged claims to have eliminated certain safety risks associated with traditional metal Additive Manufacturing, while enabling new features such as closed-cell infill for reduced part weight and cost.
Customer Russell Beck, who along with Jim Teuber is Founder of Re3DTech, Chicago, Illinois, an AM sevice bureau which uses Markforged systems to produce parts for a large number of global and local customers, stated, “Markforged – especially the Metal X – accelerated our ability to serve a higher level of the industry. We’re educating more and more companies everyday on the power of additive. Customers can see the performance of the machines in an actual manufacturing environment, and it’s incredible to watch them hold a Markforged-printed part for the first time. With Markforged, we nearly always exceed their expectations, and we don’t need hazmat suits or a million-dollar machine to do it.”
“Demand for affordable, strong, and safe metal 3D printing has never been greater,” added Greg Mark, CEO and Founder of Markforged. “Markforged is drastically reducing the barriers to entry and opening up additive to more and more businesses every day. We can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store.”