How to Save Time When Prototyping

Tired of your prototypes breaking? Sick of the prolonged lead time, only to discover you have a new iteration and your previous prototype is no longer applicable? We hear you.

All you want to do is create the perfect design. Everything looks great in your CAD model, but after your prototype arrives you discover one part is too big, another is too small, or they simply don’t operate as smoothly as you had intended them to. Time to iterate. Also, time to fess up to management that another change needs to be made and another physical prototype needs to be ordered. Then you wait six more weeks to examine your physical part again.

Physical prototyping can eat up valuable time, postpone important projects and can be very expensive – especially when dealing with strong materials. If there were a way to take you from design and wait six weeks to design and wait 24 hours, would you be interested in learning more? Watch the video above to see how Nascar driver Juan Pablo Montoya, companies like Dixon Valve and more are taking advantage of 3D printing technology today.

The Strongest Parts for Every Engineer

With a Markforged 3D printer, that pipe dream of the perfect design is now a reality. These desktop machines allow you reinforce 3D plastic parts with 10x stronger and 20x stiffer continuous fibers for heightened innovation. These materials support strong prototypes for design analysis and durable end-use parts to expedite your product development cycle. Print with:

  • Fiberglass
  • Carbon Fiber
  • Nylon
  • Kevlar ®
  • And more

Image how quickly your designs could move to manufacturing and out to customers with the ability to engineer parts for toughness, strength, high temperature, stability, and resilience — and test them within the same day or week.

Which Material Is Right for You?

Markforged plastic parts alone have excellent engineered properties such as toughness, stiffness, stability and strength over other plastic printers. Adding continuous fiber to your plastic parts tremendously boosts the strength and toughness for the most advanced uses of your part.

Onyx. Onyx is a beautiful, black filament made from combining tough nylon with micro-carbon reinforcement. It provides stiff and dimensionally stable parts with two times the strength of other 3D printed plastics on the market. This material is perfect for parts that demand a high-quality surface finish or are exposed to high heat temperatures.

Fiberglass. Adding Fiberglass to Onyx or Tough Nylon gives your parts five times the strength of Onyx for strong, robust parts. Fiberglass is ideal for parts where strength and toughness are essential. See how Dixon Valve, a manufacturer of valves and fittings, used the Markforged Mark Two and Markforged Fiberglass material to re-tool a robotic arm in a manufacturing cell in less than 24 hours here.

Carbon Fiber. Reinforcing your builds with carbon fiber will provide the highest strength to weight ratio for 10x the strength of Onyx alone. It is a high-performance and lightweight material perfect for applications requiring the greatest possible stiffness and strength and as light as feather.

Nylon. If you’re looking for a highly versatile, flexible and/or impact resistant 3D printing material, Tough Nylon won’t disappoint you. With and without reinforcing fibers, Nylon is tough and non-abrasive which makes it perfect for squeezing in those one-off jobs like fixtures and workholdings that often take the mill out of production for revenue generating parts.

Kevlar®. This incredibly strong plastic stops bullets, can withstand extreme heat temperature and has the best abrasion resistance across Markforged’s line of 3D printing materials. It is also the most flexible fiber material Markforged offers. Kevlar is perfect for durable parts that are resistant to impact.

HSHT Fiberglass. High Strength, High Temperature (HSHT) Fiberglass is a material used for strong parts in higher temperature environments. It’s perfect for high friction, mechanical applications where additional heat is present.

Markforged technology is reinventing the manufacturing process from idea to CAD model to manufacturing and assembly to final product. Markforged machines make it easy to iterate and improve the design for manufacturing faster, cheaper and in the convenience of your office!

Interested in applying 3D printing technology to your development cycle today?

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