Markforged, Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, has unveiled its new ‘Print Farms’ – described as an economic way for customers to build their metal and carbon fibre Additive Manufacturing capacity with Markforged. The new Print Farm packages allow customers to purchase Metal X systems and carbon fibre X7 printers, priced together, to rapidly additively manufacture metal, composite, and hybrid parts that leverage both materials for high-throughput AM.
Markforged Print Farms are managed from a centralised, cloud-based software program, and are said to enable access to a full range of industrial materials on one platform and the opportunity to additively manufacture multiple materials in parallel. Jon Reilly, VP of Product at Markforged, commented, “We are introducing Print Farms to help customers maximise the efficiency of our Metal X systems. Three-to-five Metal X printers, one Wash and a Sinter-2 is the optimum package to maximise output. A properly balanced print farm helps companies accelerate their transition to digital manufacturing.”
Markforged’s metal AM systems can produce parts in 17-4PH Stainless Steel, H13 Tool Steel, and A2 Tool Steel. This month, Markforged is expected to add D2 Tool Steel, a high-carbon, high-chromium tool steel that can be heat treated to a very high hardness. This material offers high wear resistance and is widely used in cold work applications that require high compression strength and abrasion resistance.