Markforged launched the second generation of its Metal X 3D printing platform with a software update that helps manufacturers overcome supply chain challenges.
The company also announced the introduction of the X7 Field Edition platform, designed for a tactical response to inventory challenges in remote locations and used by the United States Marine Corps XFAB program. Metal X Gen 2 and the Next Day Metal software update, which is compatible with both versions of the Metal X, are available immediately, while the X7 FE system will be available in fall 2021.
Markforged claims to have brought these products to market to enable manufacturers to recover faster when parts break, operate with less convenient inventory, and minimize equipment downtime. The Metal X Gen 2 system would feature a number of new hardware developments, such as door position sensors, additional chamber isolation, and a seven-inch external touchscreen, to make the machine more energy efficient and time consuming. . Pairing this system with Next Day Metal’s live software update would boost speeds up to two times and make washing and drying times more accurate. Markforged believes that updating the software will be key for manufacturers looking to scale their additive manufacturing operations and maximize the time savings from 3D printing.
Angus 3D Solutions, a Scottish service provider, has been working with Markforged’s metal 3D printing technology for several years and was able to reduce the turnaround time for a prototype small-set key to three days instead of three weeks with their system Metal X. Although it has already saved around £ 18,000 in shipping costs and avoided unplanned downtime for end-user operations, it is believed that Next Day Metal could help produce the same part overnight.
“The Metal X system has been an important part of our business since we first started using it,” commented Andy Simpson, Managing Director of Angus 3D Solutions. “Our customers rely on us to produce special parts that can be time consuming to manufacture and expensive to ship quickly. Our Markforged Metal X printer allows us to process orders quickly and on time. Next Day Metal opens up new potential for us to scale our metal printing business and meet customer needs with even faster turnaround times.
Markforged has also strived to improve its composite 3D printing offering with the X7 Field Edition, a rugged, field-deployable 3D printer that features an impact-resistant rotomolded polyethylene Pelican enclosure to protect it during the process. transport in harsh environments. The case contains all the tools, spares and materials needed for field maintenance and repair operations, while Markforged says the unit can be dropped off in harsh environments and print in two minutes. The company believes the X7 FE will allow organizations like the US Marine Corps to reinvent the way they address supply chain challenges.
“Manufacturers face many challenges in today’s market – from supply chain challenges such as rising procurement costs and shipping delays to increased market pressure to innovate faster and stay in business. ahead of the competition, ”commented Shai Terem, President and CEO of Markforged. “Since Markforged delivered our first printer, we’ve been committed to quality and continuous improvement, always looking for simpler, smarter and more robust ways to empower our customers to create whatever they can. to imagine. Adding Metal X Gen 2, Next Day Metal and X7 FE to our digital forge are important steps towards reinventing manufacturing today so that we are all more resilient tomorrow, everywhere.
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