Markforged has released it’s revolutionary tool, Blacksmith, an automated, in-process quality control software for the Markforged Industrial X7 3D printer which gives manufacturers accurate parts, right from the print bed.
Blacksmith learns through AI and connects part design, production, and inspection it is described as an adaptive manufacturing platform that continuously evolves and expands in its capability.
For the first time, the printer is fully aware of the parts it produces. Blacksmith uses in-process part inspection to give customers confidence in the part after every print. By streamlining this workflow, Blacksmith makes the world’s factories more cost-efficient, accelerates time to market and reduces the cost of production.
Blacksmith’s easy-to-use intelligent software harnesses the power of the X7’s existing integrated laser micrometer and a patented smart scanning process to securely measure parts as they are being printed. The part dimensional data is then automatically evaluated against the intended design files. Scanning while printing will enable inspection of the inner part structure and critical features that would otherwise be impossible in a single step after fabrication.
Watch the Blacksmith launch video here.
Blacksmith is available today as a software subscription on all cloud-connected Markforged X7 printers. Blacksmith is provisioned through over-the-air updates for easy customer access and requires an OEM-certified reference bed calibration.