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Markforged Unveils Onyx FR, a Flame-Retardant Material for Applications in Aerospace, Defence, and Automotive Sectors

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Onyx FR comprises of chopped carbon fibre filled nylon designed for strong, light weight, flame retardant parts.

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Above: Samples prints from Markforged Onyx FR/Image Credit: Markforged

Markforged, one of the leading manufacturers of metal and carbon fibre 3D printers, unveiled their new flame retardant material, the Onyx FR. This new V-0 rated material is designed specifically for the aerospace, automotive, and defence industries.

Onyx FR comprises of chopped carbon fibre filled nylon designed for strong, light weight, flame retardant parts.

It is an established fact that traditional 3D printed plastics burn if they catch fire but Markforged’s new material offering is self-extinguishing, which means it will actually stop itself from burning. Onyx FR features unmatched strength, superior print quality, high-quality surface finish – all while resisting fire.

Speaking about the new material, Jon Reilly, VP of Product at Markforged said, “Manufacturers choose Markforged because our industrial 3D printers deliver strong, lightweight end-use parts at significant cost and time savings. Onyx FR opens up more applications for 3D printing across automotive, aerospace, and defence industries because it meets higher fire safety standards. When these parts are reinforced with strands of continuous carbon fibre, they are as strong as aircraft-grade aluminium at half the weight.”

Onyx FR joins Markforged’s wide portfolio of industrial metal and composite materials. Eiger, Markforged’s cloud-based software platform, makes it easy for clients to design a part, choose their materials, and just click print from across the room or around the world.

Onyx FR will be available to all new and existing Markforged customers with its Industrial Series Printers. These large-format 3D printers, namely the X3, X5 and X7, deliver exceptional accuracy, reliability and repeatability. Markforged has also released the datasheet for the Onyx FR material.

About Markforged: Founded in 2013 and based in Watertown, MA, Markforged has over 270 employees globally, with $137 million in both strategic and venture capital. Markforged transforms manufacturing with the most affordable 3D printers capable of producing parts tough enough for the factory floor.


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