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A carbon fiber 3D printer for general public

News International-French

28 Nov 2016

Markforged launches Onyx One carbon fiber 3D printer designed to bring end-use printed parts to every desktop.

A carbon fiber 3D printer for general public

Since the inception of 3D printing 30 years ago, buyers have had a choice of printers for either industrial functional parts with inferior surface finish or printers for detailed, yet fragile models. Markforged disrupted the status quo of 3D printing to deliver strong end-use parts which also feature a sleek beautiful look and surface finish with its Onyx material.

Markforged introduced its Mark Two and Mark X industrial printers to deliver strong 3D printed composite parts using a unique, patented dual-head printer that delivers continuous fiber reinforcement within tough plastic.

The Onyx One is available in North America (followed by the rest of world in Q1 of 2017) as Markforged’s first plastic-only printer. It enables users to take advantage of the popular Onyx material at a broadly accessible price. Markforged introduced Onyx filament earlier this year which rapidly became its best-selling material. Made of chopped carbon fiber within nylon for twice the strength and stiffness of pure plastic, parts printed in Onyx have an elegant carbon black finish directly off the printer. The material is designed for end-use applications as well as prototyping with a finished look requiring no post-processing.

The Onyx Series of printers are designed from the ground up with the same industrial quality and integrated software as all Markforged printers.

“Our belief is that every designer and engineer should have broad access to strong, elegant parts from a reliable printer they love to use.” says Greg Mark, CEO of Markforged. “With the Onyx One, we provide our customers with superior parts in a seamless integrated system of hardware, material and software to deliver a quality experience at an accessible price point.”

Buyers seeking much stronger parts can step up to the new Onyx Pro, which features a second print head and continuous fiberglass reinforcement. 

Printers designed with easy upgrade paths

“Buyers of the Onyx One can upgrade their printer in the field to an Onyx Pro when they’re ready for the extra advanced fiberglass composite parts,” says Mark. “We purposefully designed the entry point Onyx One with an easy path to higher strength for our customers without requiring them to purchase a different printer. Or, they can trade up to the Mark Two for continuous carbon fiber reinforcement, for amazingly strong parts in addition to the impact-resistant Kevlar and high-strength, high temperature fiberglass.”

Markforged printers combine hardware, materials and software with cloud enablement allowing frequent updates and improvements for all Markforged owners. With the Onyx Series launch, there will be a Turbo Print speed option available to all Markforged owners to significantly reduce print time for select parts.

The flagship Mark X industrial-scale printer launched October of 2016 features in-process part inspection using a laser micrometer, a larger build size and other precision capabilities rounds out the Markforged portfolio.

Markforged printers continue to be sold through its expanding global network of value-added resellers who provide beneficial local support in over 50 countries.