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Unlocking the Potential of Additive Manufacturing with Markforged FX10

The EXBuild Team on Mar 7, 2024 11:30:00 AM


Most modern manufacturing companies know they COULD benefit from additively manufacturing some of their PARTS, but they hesitate to invest in the equipment. The reasons why can vary, but over the last few years the EXBuild team has seen a trend. Until now, much of the hardware available on the industrial AM market has been pretty much just hard-to-use, outdated technology stuffed in a sleek new package. This means that a company looking at AM equipment not only has to decide on a printer, but also needs to decide what resources they are going to scrounge up in order to build out an entire AM department. Common questions include: who has time to learn how to run this printer? Who will maintain this printer? Who will fix this printer when it breaks? Who will decide what to print and not print?

This forces us to devote most of our time discussing printer support rather than the actual parts essential for the company's production. In an ideal world, a printer would be so robust and user-friendly that we could dedicate the bulk of our attention to what truly counts – the parts it's meant to produce..

With the introduction of the Markforged FX10 that reality is closer than it's ever been . This isn't just another 3D printer with a few more bells and whistles tacked on to the previous generation machine. This is an industrial composite 3D printer, meticulously engineered from the ground up to just make PARTS.

So, what sets the FX10 apart from the crowd? Let's dive into the key features that make this machine a must-have for anyone serious about producing strong, accurate parts with minimal hassle.

Unlocking the Potential of Additive Manufacturing with Markforged FX10

The Ultimate in Ease of Use

Gone are the days of learning and repeatedly performing complicated calibration procedures. With the FX10, everything is effortless. Thanks to its auto calibration features things like flowrate and motion system health will be checked and calibrated at the start of every print.

Also no more worrying about a print pausing as the machine waits for you to add more material. With auto material changeover, you can print almost 4 kg (8.8 lbs) of material without touching the machine.

These features allow you to print with confidence whether you have been printing for years or if this is your first time touching a printer.

Complete End-to-End Solution

The FX10 is part of the Digital Forge from Markforged, which means it has everything you need from incredibly easy to use software and ridiculously strong materials. This makes the FX10 a complete additive manufacturing solution that's as easy as it is powerful.

For companies looking at adopting new AM technologies this makes the initial learning curve more manageable. Managers will no longer need to decide what other projects will suffer in order to bring in a 3D printer. We can install, train, and have an FX10 running within a couple days. After which EXBuild and Markforged will be available to support and help however needed.

Unlocking the Potential of Additive Manufacturing with Markforged FX10

Unmatched Strength

One of the standout features of the FX10 is its composite material lineup, which includes Onyx plus continuous carbon fiber. These materials are not only incredibly strong but also lightweight and versatile, making them ideal for a wide range of applications. In fact, they're so strong that they can even replace aluminum in some cases.

Stronger material properties means that an FX10 printer can address a larger subset of the parts needed to support a manufacturing process. Additionally, with the Markforged Simulation tool users , with zero FEA or AM experience, can confidently predict how parts will behave when under loads. This highlights again, how we can focus on the PART and their performance and not the printer.

Impressive Build Volume

Whether you're making small, intricate parts or large, complex assemblies, the FX10 has you covered. With a build volume of 375mm x 300mm x 300mm (XYZ) its likely many parts on your factory floor would fit on the FX10 print bed.

When purchasing equipment many companies will opt for a smaller machine to save cost, but ultimately end up paying a price. Once a part comes along that is larger than the build volume of their equipment they usually end up chopping it up into smaller prints. This creates a nightmare for file/design management and costs an incredible amount of time and money for employees to cobble together the indented part.

The FX10 is a great balance between cost and size, offering enough build volume to address most standard engineering parts, at a reasonable cost, and not dominating your work space.

Unlocking the Potential of Additive Manufacturing with Markforged FX10

Balancing Technology and Reliability

Of course, we understand that adding more technology and features to a product can sometimes lead to more potential issues. That's why Markforged has gone to great lengths to ensure that the FX10 is as reliable as it is advanced right out of the box. With closed-loop control for motion, material handling and calibration, this printer can detect and resolve issues before they have a chance to impact your production. These systems have been tuned and validated with thousands of print hours by the Markforged team before the printer was even announced.

And if you ever do encounter a problem, you can rest easy knowing that you have the support of knowledgeable engineering staff from EXBuild, your trusted partner in additive manufacturing.

In conclusion, if you're hesitant about purchasing AM equipment with outdated technology and want a 3D printer that's truly ready to meet the demands of modern manufacturing, take a look at the Markforged FX10. With its unrivaled ease of use, impressive build volume, complete end-to-end solution, unmatched strength, and unwavering reliability, it's the ultimate tool for taking your manufacturing to the next level.

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