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Markforged Announces Two New 3D Printers

Tech Crunch reports on a new announcement by Boston-based 3D printer manufacturer Markforged.  Towards the end of last month, Markforged stated they would be releasing two new 3D printers: the X3 and X5.

“Both of these printers are designed to create carbon fiber-infused objects using a standard filament printing system and both can produce items that can replace or are stronger than steel objects.  Both printers have auto-leveling and scanning systems to ensure each printed object is exactly like every other.”

Both the X3 and X5 also make use of Markforged’s “special thermoplastic fiber filament, while the X5 can add a ‘strand of continuous fiberglass’ to create objects ‘19x stronger and 10x stiffer than traditional plastics.’”

The X3 and X5 were designed with local manufacturers in mind.  The X3 will cost $36,990 while the X5 will cost $49,900.  CEO Greg Mark explains: “customers can now, with ease, print same-day parts that optimize strength and affordability for their specific needs.”

The X3 and X5 are part of “Markforged’s effort to create a real ‘teleporter.’  Thanks to the complex scanning and measurement systems built into these units, users can receive a 3D printer model and print it to exacting specifications.  The system also has a failsafe mode that restarts at any time as the laser scanner can check to see exactly where the print stopped.”

“The company is also hard at work on some impressive metal printing technologies that turn out parts that are usable in complex machines.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of Tech Crunch

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