New York Stock Exchange-listed additive manufacturing business Markforged has unveiled its latest machine, able to print bigger parts at increased speeds and use high-strength, fire-retardant Ultem feedstock.
Markforged began taking pre-orders for its FX20 printer this week, describing its ability to combine high-performance thermoplastic Ultem 9085 and the proprietary “Continuous Fiber Reinforcement printing technology” and featuring comment from customer Vestas Wind Systems.
“The [machine learning and cloud-based platform] Digital Forge has given Vestas a powerful platform to circumvent expensive, multi-step, and time-consuming conventional manufacturing methodology,” said Jeremy Haight, principal engineer at Vestas, in a statement.
“When you factor in design iterations, these conventional parts are obsolete in a year or two. With the FX20 and ULTEM 9085, we will be able to design and manufacture larger, stronger parts, press a button and take that part right off the print bed to use it immediately with the confidence that it is very durable and robust.”
Massachusetts-based Markforged said its new machine had a build chamber of 525 mm x 400 mm x 400 mm, could print up to eight times faster than default settings on its previous machines, and could manage “nearly five times larger builds than its next largest printer, the X7.”
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