Markforged has announced an all-new 3D printer they describe as the “biggest, fastest and most sophisticated 3D printer Markforged has ever produced.”
It’s called the FX20, and it will be shown off at Formnext this November.
Markforged is revealing very little about their mysterious new printer, so FX20 specifications are under wraps for now. Here’s what we do know:
It will print high-temp thermoplastics
Markforged says the FX20 will be “capable of printing high-temperature thermoplastics reinforced with continuous fibre at the click of a button”.
We know their existing CFF/FFF 3D printers (Mark Two, X Series, Onyx Series) print nylon or Onyx with continuous strands of fibreglass, Kevlar or carbon fibre reinforcement.
The FX20 is likely to do the same, but possibly with new thermoplastic support.
Bigger and faster than any other Markforged printer
Markforged says “the FX20 will be the biggest, fastest and most sophisticated 3D printer Markforged has ever produced.”
How big will it be? The biggest 3D printers Markforged currently makes by build volume are X Series printers, which have a (WDH) 330 mm x 270 mm x 200 mm build volume.
The FX20 is likely to have an even bigger build volume than these.
It will be a key part of The Digital Forge, Markforged’s platform
The Digital Forge is Markforged’s integrated metal and carbon fibre additive manufacturing platform.
It includes software + materials + printers in a unified platform, bringing the power and speed of agile software to industrial manufacturing.
Markforged says “the FX20 will transform the Digital Forge into a next generation additive manufacturing platform.”
What this means isn’t clear – what we suspect it means is that the FX20 will unlock new platform capabilities.
That’s all we know so far; we’ll get our first glimpse of the FX20 3D printer at Formnext this November. We have a feeling it will be epic.
Markforged’s integrated metal and carbon fibre additive manufacturing platform is unique in the industry.
Where other brands chase thermoplastics, Markforged chases metals and composites for industrial and engineering applications.
The long and short of it is you can replace machined metal parts and print designs you couldn’t machine with a Markforged 3D printer.
The Metal X prints 17-4 PH Stainless Steel, Copper, H13 Tool Steel, Inconel 625 and A2 and D2 Tool Steel.
The Mark Two prints Nylon with reinforcement, including Carbon Fibre, Fibreglass, Aramid Fibre (Kevlar®) and HSHT Fiberglass.
X Series printers print the same materials as the Mark Two with a bigger build volume and additional support for Onyx ESD and Onyx FR.