The new Markforged Metal X Printer is hitting customer’s shop floors and the results are impressive. While many shops have some form of a 3D printer they don’t compare to the Metal X. As many people have seen in the field there are times when a plastic interface doesn’t provide the surface hardness necessary. In this part specifically the interface with sharpened threads wore down the plastic jaws in just 1.5K cycles. The customer then printed it on the Metal X out of 17-4 stainless steel. Only Markforged printers offer the full range of parts from plastic to composite to metal.
Check out a video of another part currently utilizing the power of the Metal X printer. The stainless steel grippers are attached to a robot arm and are used to hold the steam coupling from its inner threads. The part is maneuvered to a final assembly fixture which presses in a polymer crush washer. The 3D printed parts have hollow internal geometry making them lighter and allowing the process to run faster (this video is shows the process running at 30% of production speed). The 17-4 stainless jaws, also 3D printed, have the surface hardness to stand up to the coupling threads. This process really highlights the value of the Metal X in both production speeds and part reliability.
Whether your shop needs plastic feedstock management fixtures, composite work-holding (lightweight & will not MAR the surface), metal transfer tooling or all 3 only the Markforged printing platform has you completely covered. Shops doing injection molding, prototypes, low volume production, tooling and fixturing are perfect candidates for the new Metal X printer.
Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing is a process where the entire part is diffusion bonded (sintered) at the same time. Unlike traditional 3D printed metal processes that work layer at a time, ADAM converts the entire part from powder to a dense metal part in one step. This bulk sintering operation enables crystal growth through the Z axis giving the parts excellent mechanical properties in all directions. ADAM also enables the creation of unique geometries such as closed-cell honeycomb infill. For example, part can be printed like the structure of bones – a closed cell inner core encased in a solid outer shell. This geometry is not possible using traditional subtractive manufacturing processes or DMLS.