Formnext 2023: Markforged Introduces new FX10 industrial 3D Printer

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  • The fifth-generation print system features built-in automation for quality assurance and print routines designed to deliver strong, accurate parts every print
The new FX10 industrial 3D Printer
The new FX10 industrial 3D Printer/Source: Markforged

Markforged Holding Corporation, the company strengthening manufacturing resiliency by enabling industrial production at the point of need, unveiled the all-new FX10 Industrial 3D printer. The FX10 is designed to boost manufacturing line productivity and profitability, carrying on Markforged’s legacy of dependable printers that deliver strong, precise parts.

When compared to traditional manufacturing methods, the FX10 allows users to print the right part when and where it is needed, lowering costs and cutting lead times from months to days.

Markforged’s FX10 industrial 3D Printer

FX10 is a fifth-generation Continuous Fibre Reinforcement (CFR) print system
FX10 is a fifth-generation Continuous Fibre Reinforcement (CFR) print system/Source: Markforged

The printer’s modular systems were designed with flexibility in mind, and they can be expanded and upgraded with additional capabilities. The FX10, for example, has been designed with a printhead integrated vision module to capture detailed part images and data in order to ensure part quality and optimise printer performance.

The 5th Generation Continuous Fibre Reinforcement (CFR) print system provides high print quality in a heated print chamber, allowing for print speeds nearly twice as fast and print sizes up to twice as large as previous Markforged industrial series printers, allowing metal parts to be replaced with advanced composites.

“We engineered the FX10 to be the best tool for the manufacturing floor. The FX10 allows manufacturers to slash original part replacement costs when compared to traditional methods and keep production lines running without worrying about supply chain issues or spare parts inventory. The FX10 can accelerate the digitization of the manufacturing floor by increasing the adoption of digital inventory to build supply chain resiliency.  Our customers now have the potential to save even more capital by reducing physical inventory and boosting production yields while decreasing operating costs.”

– Shai Terem, CEO of Markforged

Terem added, “The FX10 is another important milestone in our mission to bring industrial production to the point of need. It enables our customers to address even more industrial applications with clear return on investment. Coupled with our Digital Source platform, we are truly starting to bring the vision of distributed manufacturing into reality. The FX10 features a full suite of automation built to simplify the usage of the printer and increase adoption to build resiliency into our customers’ production.  When a line is down, or a tool is needed, FX10 users can simply Press Print.”

Onyx sample bracket printed on FX10 printer
Onyx sample bracket printed on FX10 printer/Source: Markforged

The FX10 was designed to be simple to use on the manufacturing floor, beginning with the first line operator. A simple touchscreen interface, combined with new automation and quality assurance technologies, allows users to get more parts out of the FX10 with fewer operator interactions before and during a print than previous Markforged printers.

The optical sensors mounted on the printhead automatically verify the dimensional accuracy of parts during printing to ensure consistency and reliability, as well as assessing machine health and performance. The FX10’s laser micrometre scans parts during printing and aids in the machine’s automatic calibration. Inspection software interprets sensor data for dimensional verification, providing users with quality assurance as soon as a print is completed.

The FX10’s material drawer has built-in, individually sealed storage bays for up to four 800cc spools. During a print, FX10 can automatically execute spool changeovers between filament storage bays, and users can reload empty spool bays without disrupting the print.

The Digital Forge is a modern manufacturer’s additive manufacturing platform that powers every aspect of the FX10. The Digital Forge is a complete additive manufacturing platform that includes printers, cloud-enabled software with process improvement tools, and a wide range of industrial materials. It is designed to integrate into existing manufacturing ecosystems. Users can use the Digital Forge to share parts across their organisation and monitor fleet performance from a single location.

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