Markforged internationally ships first Metal X 3D printers

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Award winning
3D printer developer Markforged has officially
shipped the first batch of its Metal X systems to customers
around the globe.

3D Printing Industry has seen several of these printers
demonstrated by re-sellers in Europe and the U.S during the
past months.

Though the company has not yet disclosed order or unit numbers
at this time Trak Lord, Markforged Director of
Communications, confirms that “the interest has been
considerable and this is the first shipment of many.”

Industrial tooling and household hardware
manufacturer Stanley Black &
Decker
 has also become the first company to install
a full Metal X system – the 3D printer, a Sinter-1 module
and the Wash-1 for post-processing.

Sintering a 17-4
Stainless Steel Sprocket. Image via Markforged.

Greg Mark, founder and CEO of Markforged, comments, “Markforged
systems, such as the Metal X, are changing the way businesses
produce strong parts while dramatically impacting the delivery
times, cost, and supply chain logistics,”

“We’re thrilled that STANLEY Infrastructure recognizes the
value in the acceleration and cost savings that 3D printing
low volume metal can add to traditional manufacturing
processes.”

Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing

The
Metal X 3D printer
made its premiere at CES 2017. The value
proposition for the Metal X is low-cost metal 3D printing
within a desktop setting. At the time of release, Mark
commented, “If you can afford a half million to million dollar
metal printer, buy one. For the rest of the World, this is for
you.”

The Metal X uses Markforged’s proprietary binder-jet based
Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) technology. In
the process, a powder bed is jetted with a binding material to
gradual build a 3D part. When complete the part is sintered in
a kiln and washed to rid it of any unwanted residues. The
sintering process gives the 3D printed parts exceptional
mechanical properties in all directions.

Markforged's Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) process. Image via MarkforgedMarkforged’s Atomic
Diffusion Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) process. Image via
Markforged

STANLEY collaboration

Markforged is working
with Stanley Black & Decker
to develop effective
applications for the Metal X 3D printer in the company’s
product development division.

With a full Metal X system, STANLEY has discovered a more
cost-effective method of manufacturing complex, low volume
parts. In a preliminary trial run, two Markforged 3D printed
parts have already made it through the full product lifecycle
at STANLEY, undergoing rigorous performance and durability
tests.

Redesigned and 3D printed actuator housing. Photo via Stanley Black & Decker.Redesigned and 3D
printed actuator housing. Photo via Stanley Black & Decker.

By rolling out this process across more small parts, STANLEY
expects to make a cost savings of over 95% with parts that
are also as much as 50% lighter than the traditionally made
counterparts.

“For our team, the Markforged Metal X printing system requires
minimal capital and time investment to make the parts we need,”
explains Harry Zhong, Technical Lead at the STANLEY
Infrastructure Innovation team.

“With Markforged, we believe that we can save thousands of
dollars per year per part while retaining the quality and
reliability we expect from traditionally machined parts,

“These kinds of innovations from Markforged are going to
fundamentally change the way we think about manufacturing.”

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Featured image shows the Markforged Metal X 3D printer.
Photo via Markforged

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