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3D PRINTER Markforged introduces FX20 and ULTEM™ 9085 filament

Oct 28, 2021

New 3D printer and proprietary materials increase Markforged’s addressable market for bigger, faster, stronger and heat resistant parts

Phillips Machine Tools India, distributor of Markforged in India, recently advanced its position as a leader in point-of-need production of industrial-strength end use parts with the FX20 printer. This new production-ready hardware prints the flame-retardant, high-performance thermoplastic material with ULTEM™ 9085 filament in combination with Markforged’s Continuous Fibre Reinforcement printing technology for high strength, heat resistant and higher performance parts that can meet the needs of the most demanding industries, such as aerospace, defence, automotive and oil & gas.

Built to scale distributed global production, the FX20 is precision-designed and sensor-driven to deliver breakthrough accuracy, quality and reliability to fabricate parts directly at the point-of-need with the simple click of a button. This new technology, alongside high-temperature printing capabilities, elevates the Digital Forge platform from accessible industrial-strength composite manufacturing to robust production applications. The FX20 has a heated build chamber capable of maintaining up to a 200°C temperature and the capacity to print parts up to 525 mm x 400 mm x 400 mm in size. The FX20 is up to eight times faster than the default print settings on Markforged’s existing line of composite printers and prints nearly five times larger builds than its next largest printer, the X7.

Bringing together ULTEM™ 9085 filament with Continuous Fibre Reinforcement technology will help manufacturers move from augmenting manufacturing operations with composite 3D Printing to replacing entire segments of the supply chain by bringing strong, accurate parts that solve demanding, end-use applications right where needed.

Sharing the plans of using FX20 and ULTEM™ 9085 filament with continuous fibre reinforcement to print stronger, higher volume parts, Jeremy Haight, Principal Engineer, Vestas Wind Systems A/S, conveyed, “The Digital Forge has given Vestas a powerful platform to circumvent expensive, multi-step and time-consuming conventional manufacturing methodology. 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.”

Discussing the latest innovation, Shai Terem, President & CEO, Markforged, cited, “With the releases of the FX20 and Continuous Fibre Reinforced ULTEM™ 9085 filament, we’re now fulfilling that promise to manufacturers who previously, in the most demanding environments, were unable to experience the benefits of the Digital Forge and our unique materials.” He further added, “By helping move composites toward robust production, we’ll unlock more functional parts made of stronger materials of even more impressive size, with applications from the factory floor to flight.”

Adding to it, Sumeet Bengeri, Business Head, Phillips Additive, put across, “FX20 with patented composite technology will help Phillips Additive to address the increasing requirement of bigger, faster, stronger and heat resistant 3D printed parts. With reduced lead time and material waste, the FX20 will surely be an asset to manufacturers.”

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